Berry Mania crops up

A new event planned for Ladysmith this Saturday promises something for everyone.

A new event planned for Ladysmith this Saturday promises something for everyone: from a day filled with fun and games for the whole family to support for an organization that provides assistance to a large segment of the community.

The first annual Berry Mania Festival goes Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Transfer Beach. Admission is by donation.

Some of the events planned include an Amazing Race scavenger hunt, bike rodeo hosted by the Ladysmith RCMP, a variety of entertainment, fun and games for the kids as well as a raffle with a host of great prizes.

Volunteer Carol Sparham said the festival was organized as a way to raise funds for the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association, which provides valuable community services for Ladysmith and the surrounding area.

“With government cutbacks, they’re looking at doing more of their own fundraising to keep things going and improve on programs,” said Sparham, adding the group provides support to all segments of the community from infants to seniors.

“The money raised could end up helping you or your neighbor,” she said.

The Amazing Race will see teams travel around Ladysmith, following clues and gathering information in an attempt to get back to the final location in the least amount of time. The event will start at 10 a.m. at the LRCA offices on 2nd Avenue and finish at the Berry Mania festival site. There will be prizes for fastest time and most outrageous costume. The entry is a minimum $25 donation for family/friend teams or $50 for business teams. Teams need to sign up by 9 a.m.

Save-On Foods will be sponsoring a berry pie eating contest between noon and 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate.

The bike rodeo is for children 12 and under and will take place from 2-5 pm. in the paved parking lot near the Transfer Beach playground. The rodeo will be run by RCMP members and volunteers and teach youngsters the rules of the road and safety tips as well as provide an opportunity to test their riding skills and take on an obstacle course. There will also be helmet inspections and bike identification. Participants are advised to pre-register by calling the LRCA at 250-245-3079.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or five for $20. First prize is two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies, with other prizes of a $1,000 gift certificate from Save on Foods and a piece of pottery by Mary Fox valued at $850.

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