The Kinsmen Parade entry form for Festival of Lights Light Up parade on Thursday, November 30th is now available to download:
“As the kickoff to another Ladysmith Days, the annual Kinsmen parade was more than what we expected,”
said co-chair Mike Sumpter.
“The last couple of years the parade has been smaller and smaller, so this year we were really pleased with the turnout of entries”.
The Kinsmen were worried earlier in the summer as the number of advance registrations was down and the club was even considering taking on another project to replace the parade.
Kinsmen co-chair Duck Paterson said:
“The club has been doing the parade for over 25 years now and it was getting a bit dicey. With so many other events on during the long weekend it’s tougher and tougher to get folks out, but this year the number of participants was up and we’re happy. On paper there was more than 35 entries and many of them had various components which really made it look great.”
“The work volunteers put into their entries is very imaginative and we know it’s very well received by the spectators”.
“Our goal is that the parade is to be as much fun for the participants as it is for the spectators, and this year I feel we really accomplished that this year!”
“Before the parade started first, second and third place ribbons were handed out… but we want all the entries to know that due to their time and efforts it made or a total winner for the start of Ladysmith Days”.
Finishing in the various categories is as follows:
“We were very happy to have the cadet band this year, and for them to come down from Comox for our Town’s party means a lot to us. This year there were a few more entries from out of Town and the club believes this shows that more and more folks are getting back into having fun.”
The Ladysmith Kinsmen participated, in strength, in the recent Guinness world record “Largest One Day Street Hockey Game” attempt on Sunday, June 4th in downtown Ladysmith.
Although dapperly-attired, the Kinsmen couldn’t make it past some heavy hitting in the semi-final game! Winning their first two games the members are proud of their stamina and perseverance in the face of great odds when the opposing team fielded a team of 7 players all over the age of 17!
The Kinsmen club was also one of the sponsoring organizations of the event and were really happy to see the main street lined with friends and families having fun and putting Ladysmith on the map.
(not pictured but played: Jason Kelland)
See the Kinsmen in action in past Ladysmith Days parades (1:26)!
Peet Klopper (below right) from Oceanview Community Church presented Kinsmen Secretary Jason Kelland with a check for $2,900. There were over 20 “celebrity” chefs cooking omelettes for donations to the playground. There were over 400 omelettes made!
In early February, the Ladysmith Primary School had Popcorn Day, with all proceeds going to the new playground at Transfer Beach.
The members of the PAC and parents made popcorn all morning and then distributed it at 11:30 a.m.
Pictured are some of the Primary School Students and Kinsmen member Jason Kelland.
They raised $388.19.
The Oceanview Community Church will be holding the 3rd annual Eggs Benefit on Sunday, June 14, 2015, with all proceeds going to the new playground.
Eggs Benefit will feature over 12 local “celebrities” making omelets and the entire community is invited to come out.