Brigade Days offers variety of family activities

Hundreds of people poured into downtown Hope over the weekend

Hope Search and Rescue members run to check on the driver of a flipped vehicle on the 4x4 race course Saturday at Brigade Days.

Hundreds of people poured into downtown Hope for the 46th annual Brigade Days celebration over the weekend.

Mayor Susan Johnston and Brigade Days committee president Jeff Smith officially kicked off the festival on Friday night after a performance of the national anthem by Sara Leach. The weekend celebration also included a parade, fireworks, vendors, beer garden, salmon barbecue, kids games, gold panning with Yukon Dan, Gary Savard magic show, duck/sheep herding, and a softball tournament.

The Sports Bowl was once again a big draw at Brigade Days with a new spectator seating area for the Friday night concert as well as the motorsports action on Saturday and Sunday. There were 22 4×4 vehicles, 18 mini stock cars, and 25 demolition derby entries this year. Participants came from Hope, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Langley, Surrey, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Kelowna, and Monroe, Wash.


4×4 races:

Long Box

1st – Cam Friesen

2nd – Cody Kovacs


Short Box

1st – Steven McArthur

2nd – David Lasser



1st – Fred Laramie

2nd – Pat Kirksey

3rd – Cody Leach


Competition Modified

1st – Jeff Cole

2nd – Rob Dufault

3rd – Len Wirsche



1st – David Warner

2nd – Kris Fraser

3rd – Matt Nieman



1st – Brad Taylor

2nd – Marcus Braun


Powder Puff

1st – Leslie Hagen

2nd – Alexa Jeffery

3rd – Katie Fry


Hard Luck

Rob Dufault


Crowd Pleaser

Jeff Cole


Mini Stock:

Heat 1

Tanner Spooner


Heat 2

Aaron Harris


Heat 3

Trent Truman


Heat 4

Shelby Hahn


Heat 5

Jeff Cole


Heat 6

Roger Dalton/Dale Hahn


Heat 7

Shelby Hahn


Heat 8

Angelo Galle


Heat 9

George Dover


Mini Stock Main Event

1st – Tanner Spooner

2nd – George Dover

3rd – Nick Canessa


Points Final

1st – Tanner Spooner

2nd – Shelby Hahn

3rd – Angelo Galle, Nick Canessa,

George Dover


Demolition Derby:

Heat A

1st – George Dover

2nd – Jason Ranker

3rd – Kenny Bates


Heat B

1st – Andrew Dixon

2nd – Lee Pemble

3rd – Bob Cameron Jr.



1st – Sean Edwards

2nd – Brad Mulder

3rd – Dusty Smith



1st- Randy Makowsky

2nd – Ray Knoller

3rd – Kenny Bates


Crowd Pleaser

Kenny Bates


Best Looking Car

Dusty Smith

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