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.

For more information on the festival, visit www.berrymania.ca.

 

Just Posted

Upset student causes safety plan to be enacted at Chemainus Elementary School

Child’s behaviour results in students being held in classrooms until order restored

Salmon runs produce highs and lows on Vancouver Island this year

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada releases information bulletin

Property assessments to rise again on Vancouver Island

Some areas could see their assessments spike as much as 20 per cent

Saltair artisan baking courses find widespread popularity

Community support leads to success of Seraphina’s Oven

Nanaimo dad reflects on viral photoshoot at McNab’s Corn Maze

By Todd Cameron It was two months ago, the evening of October… Continue reading

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

Most Read