PHOTOS: Ladysmith Days 2021 a big success

91 year old Muriel Copp won the blue ribbon for Best in Show for her Mardi Gras decorated scooter in the Kinsmen Parade. (Cole Schisler photo)91 year old Muriel Copp won the blue ribbon for Best in Show for her Mardi Gras decorated scooter in the Kinsmen Parade. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ladysmith RCMP and Ladysmith Fire Rescue led the parade down 1st Avenue. (Cole Schisler photo)Ladysmith RCMP and Ladysmith Fire Rescue led the parade down 1st Avenue. (Cole Schisler photo)
North Oyster Fire Department and their mascot Sparky made an appearance at the Kinsmen Parade. (Cole Schisler photo)North Oyster Fire Department and their mascot Sparky made an appearance at the Kinsmen Parade. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, the Ladysmith Ambassadors and Ladysmiths Citizens of the Year rode down 1st Avenue in style. (Cole Schisler photo)Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, the Ladysmith Ambassadors and Ladysmiths Citizens of the Year rode down 1st Avenue in style. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Ladysmith Rotary Club dressed up for the Mardi Gras theme for their parade appearance. (Cole Schisler photo)The Ladysmith Rotary Club dressed up for the Mardi Gras theme for their parade appearance. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ladysmith Martial Arts showed off their skills on 1st Avenue. (Cole Schisler photo)Ladysmith Martial Arts showed off their skills on 1st Avenue. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ladysmith Search and Rescue decked out their service truck in the Mardi Gras theme. (Cole Schisler photo)Ladysmith Search and Rescue decked out their service truck in the Mardi Gras theme. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Ladysmith Junior Forest Wardens displayed their outdoor skills for their parade float. (Cole Schisler photo)The Ladysmith Junior Forest Wardens displayed their outdoor skills for their parade float. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Ladysmith Lions were out selling snacks at Transfer Beach on Ladysmith Days. (Cole Schisler photo)The Ladysmith Lions were out selling snacks at Transfer Beach on Ladysmith Days. (Cole Schisler photo)
Longtime Ladysmith Days organizer Barry Frech smiles in a pickup truck decked out for Ladysmith Days. (Cole Schisler photo)Longtime Ladysmith Days organizer Barry Frech smiles in a pickup truck decked out for Ladysmith Days. (Cole Schisler photo)
Chainsaw carvers worked all day at the Transfer Beach amphitheatre and had carvings for sale. (Cole Schisler photo)Chainsaw carvers worked all day at the Transfer Beach amphitheatre and had carvings for sale. (Cole Schisler photo)
Elijah and Ayana Christensen show off their custom zuccini racer. (Cole Schisler photo)Elijah and Ayana Christensen show off their custom zuccini racer. (Cole Schisler photo)
Ladysmith Days’ famous zucchini racers were a big hit again this year. (Cole Schisler photo)Ladysmith Days’ famous zucchini racers were a big hit again this year. (Cole Schisler photo)
Brynn Hawes brought two huge custom zucchini racers decorated for Mardi Gras. (Cole Schisler photo)Brynn Hawes brought two huge custom zucchini racers decorated for Mardi Gras. (Cole Schisler photo)
Al Moore was the man in charge of running the zucchini racers. (Cole Schisler photo)Al Moore was the man in charge of running the zucchini racers. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Ladysmith Days nail driving competition was highly competitve. (Cole Schisler photo)The Ladysmith Days nail driving competition was highly competitve. (Cole Schisler photo)

The 2021 celebration of Ladysmith Days was a big hit with local families who turned out in good numbers for the one day event.

Festivities got started with a pancake breakfast at the Legion, which was attended by some 90 people — up from previous years. Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone presented Ladysmith health care workers and the Vancouver Island Health Authority with the ‘Citizen of the Year’ award.

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91 year old Muriel Copp was given the blue ribbon for her brilliant parade entry. Copp decorated her mobility scooter in the Mardi Gras theme and was dressed to the nines for her appearance in the Kinsmen Parade.

After the Kinsmen Parade, the fun moved over to Transfer Beach where families took part in zucchini races, the nail driving competition and enjoyed vendors, food trucks, and a beautiful sunny day at Transfer Beach. Later on, performances by Ian Johnstone, the Doctors of Rock & Roll and Switch at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre entertained festival-goers.

And that’s all for Ladysmith Days — until next year’s celebration!