Children under 12 are encouraged to come out to the Memorial Arena on Aug. 11 at around 5 p.m. for the annual Kiddies Parade, organized by the Kiwanis Club of Dawson Creek. There are no entry fees, and categories include best costume, best comic costume and best float. Children are even welcomed to bring out their bicycles, and/or their four-legged friends, as there will be categories for best decorated bike and best pet costume.
"It's a fun thing to do, and the kids become a part of Fall Fair week," said Gordon Moffatt, a Kiwanian helping to organize the parade. "This gives them a way to show off a little bit of what they can do and how they can decorate things, and to have some fun."
He added they had a turnout of about 250 children last year and they are hoping for at least 275 this year.
Judging will take place between 5:15 and 6 p.m., with first, second and third-place ribbons being awarded in each category. However, every participant will receive a ribbon and a bag of goodies.
The parade begins at 6 p.m., led by members of the RCMP, the Kiwanis Community Band, and a Kiwanis float. The parade proceeds north from the arena on 11 Street, then turns right onto 102 Avenue, continues to the Mile 0 Post at 10 Street, turns south on 10 Street to 105 Avenue, then goes west back to 11 Street and the arena parking lot.
Success By Six will then be providing hot dogs and fruit after the parade.
For more information, contact Kiwanians Gordon Moffatt at 782-3552 or Don Readman at 782-2757.
The annual Main Parade, which takes place on Aug.12 at 10 a.m., is still open for entries until Aug. 11. Categories include commercial and non-commercial (not-for-profit club or organization) floats or entries, horse or pony entries, comical entries, vintage vehicles and farm machinery, dancers and baton entries, and more. This year's theme is "Agriculture is for Everyone," so expect to see a lot of hay bales, horses and cowboy hats.
Entries are asked to assemble at the Co-op Mall parking lot at 9 a.m. as the parade leaves promptly at 10. The parade proceeds west on 102 Avenue to 12 Street, then south on 12 Street to 103 Avenue, east on 103 Avenue to 10 Street, south on 10 Street to 13 Street, continuing south to 114 Avenue where the parade ends at the back entrance to the Northern Lights College campus.
Judging happens enroute with winners announced at the end.
There will also be a barbeque at the college put on by the student's union and M&M Meat Shops.
Tara Morgan, manager of the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the Main Parade, said participants can throw candies to the crowd during the parade, but she cautioned them to throw candies away from other vehicles. She encouraged everyone to come out and enjoy the parade.
For more information or to register for the Main Parade, go online to www.dawsoncreekchamber.ca, phone 782-2371, or visit the Chamber of Commerce at 10201 10 Street.
In the interest of full disclosure, Mile 0 City notes that its reporter, Matthew Bains, is an active member in the KIwanis Club of Dawson Creek.