Boston Bar May Day celebration marks 85th year

Residents are gearing up for annual community festival

Boston Bar is home to the second longest running May Day celebration in B.C.

The annual event has become a community tradition for 85 years, reuniting residents with old friends and neighbourhoods.

“To some it’s everything,” said event organizer Shirley Crow. “We’re trying to keep it alive.  For us to lose it would be so sad. It’s all about community building.”

About 20 volunteers have been working since February to prepare for this year’s event on Saturday. Festivities include the parade, traditional May Pole dance performed by students at Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School, crowning of May Queen Justice Watson, community spirit awards presented by the Boston Bar/North Bend Enhancement Society, tug-of-war, silent auction, kids activities, beer garden, food and vendors. There will also be a new heritage tent, featuring numerous artifacts from the museum.

The parade leaves Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School at 10 a.m. on route to Memorial Park via Old Boston Bar Road, Highway 1 and Chaumox Road. Several awards will be handed out including best decorated car or truck, best decorated float, best costume, best marching group, best bike, and best whatever. This year organizers have also added an equestrian category.

Guitarist, vocalist, harmonicist and kazooist Mat Duffus will entertain the crowd throughout the day in Memorial Park with wide variety of songs.

The evening stage lineup features a Las Vegas-style magic show with Steven and Cassandra Best, as well as a performance by singer Lou Morocco who specializes in the music of artists such as Neil Diamond, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Tickets are $30 at the door for adults and $25. The show starts at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Just Posted

Hope filmmaker showing back-to-back documentaries Thursday

B.C. premiere of Edna’s Bloodline to be shown, followed by local historical doc Canyon War

Two RiverMonsters to represent at weekend swim championships

Swimmers Eli Reist and Violette Freimark heading to Aug. 13 to 19 competition in Surrey

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Wildfire update: Fires burning in Fraser Canyon, Highway 7 and Skagit Valley

Several fires in the region are under ‘modified response’ meaning no firefighters are attending

‘We’re here to bring you home’: Mario Levesque on his time with Hope Search and Rescue

Search manager shares memories and lessons learned as he hangs up his SAR manager hat Aug. 1

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

Baloney Meter: is flow of asylum seekers at Canada-U.S. border a ‘crisis’?

“I think any time you have a government that allows 30,000 people over the course of a short period of time to come into Canada illegally, the impact that that has, that is a crisis,” said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

B.C. RCMP say Kinder Morgan protest camp to be dismantled today

RCMP say they will enforce a court injunction today and remove Trans Mountain pipeline protesters who have been camped outside a Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby.

VIDEO: Baby in hospital after truck crashes into Surrey home

No official word on the infant’s condition, but police say the 57-year-old man who was driving the truck is in custody

Altidore nets 3 as Toronto drubs Whitecaps 5-2

Vancouver falls 7-4 on aggregate in Canadian Championship final

Ottawa intervenes to get B.C. ball player, 13, to Little League World Series

Before immigration issue was resolved, Dio Gama was out practicing the game he loves Wednesday

Pet goldfish invades small B.C. lake

Pinecrest Lake is located between Whistler and Squamish

Metro Vancouver water reservoirs in ‘good shape’

Reserves sitting at 70-per-cent full, officials said, despite long stretch without major rain

Mounties deployed to help B.C. communities affected by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to places particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Most Read