Festivals in the Kootenays

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MLA Michelle Mungall made a  statement in the Legislature on Monday May 16th about two of this region’s spring festivals. The first, Creston’s Blossom Festival, will be celebrating its 70th year and will host its annual parade on Saturday May 21. Kalso’s May Days hosts many activities, including the famous ‘Logger Sports’, and will be hosting its parade on Monday May 23. Watch for Mungall and her fiance on their motorcycle.

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May 16, 2011 ~ Statement: “Festivals in Kootenays” ~ Michelle Mungall, MLA Nelson – Creston


M. Mungall: Well, it did take a while this year, but spring finally did come, and the Kootenays, of course, know just how to celebrate its long-awaited arrival. As the rain showered over Baker Street in Nelson on May 7, locals piled on to the famous downtown street to get their seeds, flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees and garden decor. It was the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s tenth anniversary of their garden festival, and the rain stopped no one from supporting their neighbourhood businesses.
This upcoming weekend brings two more festivals and, of course, a prayer for a little sunshine. The 70th annual Creston Blossom Festival starts this upcoming Friday. To celebrate the past 70 years, the blossom festival is hosting a very fun event in honour of a past long-serving festival board member and woman who left a tremendous legacy in the Creston Valley, the late Lela Irvine.
The event is a pageant tea for women over 70 years of age. Mr. Speaker, you might notice that I’m not eligible for this pageant, so I will be taking in the baking and the handicrafts and the fashion show that entrants will be proudly showing off. I welcome all to join me after they catch enough candy at the parade earlier in the day. The pageant is at the Creston and district rec centre from 2 to 4 p.m.
But not to be outdone by its Kootenay neighbour Creston, Kaslo also boasts a lively May festival this weekend. So whether you’re entering the 5K run, the skate jam or logger sports or all of the above, May Days are sure to entertain and bring community together.
Like Creston’s blossom fest, there is a parade. Watch for me and my fiancé on our motorbike as we reach into the saddlebags and toss candy to eager kids and kids at heart. As the House knows, Nelson-Creston is the most beautiful constituency in B.C., so I welcome all to attend our wonderful May festivals. You will no doubt have a ball.