Join the celebration at Chemainus Summer Fest Saturday

Celebrate the first day of summer and all things community this Saturday (June 21) during Chemainus Summer Fest.

Celebrate the first day of summer and all things community this Saturday (June 21) during Chemainus Summer Fest.

From 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Waterwheel Park becomes a hub of activity, with food, music, a parade and children’s activities, all hosted by the Chemainus Rotary Club. The theme is “Proud of our past; excited about our future.”

This year, the Rotarians have expanded the menu for the Rotary Pancake Breakfast.

“They can get pancakes and either sausages or bacon or a combination of sausages and bacon and a potato patty and coffee or juice, and there will be garnish,” said Rotarian Shannon Bellamy. “We’ve upped our game. With our hamburger and hot dog barbecue, we’ll be serving half-cobs of corn.”

Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., while the hamburger/hot dog barbecue starts at 11 a.m. Proceeds from food sales go right back into the community.

“We really like to focus on youth, so youth sports and education,” Bellamy said when asked if the money raised is being directed to anything specific.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. It will begin at Willow and Victoria streets and follow Willow to Oak, Oak to Esplanade and Esplanade to Kin Park.

“We’re looking forward to a great parade as usual,” said Bellamy.

There will be musical entertainment all day, starting with the McCandless Family Band at 8 a.m. Elfsong performs at 10 a.m., followed by Shag Harbour at noon and the Cowichan Valley Community Band at 2 p.m.

Children’s activities take place form 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. There will be a Vancouver Island Regional Library reading tent where children can read a book with the librarian and take a book home, and Island Savings Credit Union and 49th Parallel will both have activity tents set up.

“Chemainus Rotary uses Summer Fest as a way of giving back to the community,” said Bellamy. “It’s a community-building event, and we invite people of all ages to come out and have a good time with us.”

— Lindsay Chung


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