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Hope’s Brigade Days is back, and needs your help

Weekend will include rides, live music, motorsports, parade and more
Charlie Frie stands on his bass while performing alongside Appaloosa band mate Jake Stolz. The group is coming to Hope for the 2021 Brigade Days, Sept. 10-12. (Tobias Frederiksen/Black Press file)

The Hope Brigade Days are back, and it’s all hands on deck.

Three days of fun and excitement will have the whole town feeling back to normal, but it’s also going to take plenty of volunteers to help make it a success.

Lori Isbister says they need help with the parade, checking people into the gates, and cleaning up throughout the weekend. All high points of contacts need to be wiped down every three hours, as per health orders, which will be a huge job, she says.

But it’s all worth it, as Sixth Avenue Park will be filled with all the favourites. This year’s event will have food trucks, the midway rides, live music, beer gardens, motorsports including the demolition derby, and a marketplace.

The weekend kicks off with a double-header outdoor concert on Friday, Sept. 10. Appaloosa hits the stage at 6:15 p.m., and March Hare starts at 7:30 p.m. Live entertainment will continue through the weekend in the beer gardens, with Apaloosa featuring Robert Rowan on Saturday and Sunday.

Motorsports runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Ticketing for Brigade Days is different this year. A gate pass is $10 each day, and that allows access to the beer garden and the seating area. But there is no gate pass needed to go visit the midway, the food trucks or the trade fair, Isbister says. Shooting Star Amusements will be selling tickets on site for their rides.

“So if you want to walk down to the food trucks and grab dinner and head home, you don’t need a wristband to do that,” she explains.

Gate passes are available online through the website, and they are selling in advance to help control numbers.

And there is definitely no charge to enjoy the parade, which will follow a route from Memorial Park through to town and end at Sixth Avenue Park.

Isbister adds that although masks are not mandatory, they would recommend masks in highly congested areas, and are asking guests to be respectful of space and social distance as much as they can.

If you want to volunteer your time for Brigade Days, email, or connect with them through their Facebook page, Hope Brigade Days.


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Jessica Peters

About the Author: Jessica Peters

I began my career in 1999, covering communities across the Fraser Valley ever since.
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