The Kinsmen Club of Ladysmith and the Festival of Lights committee have agreed that in the interest of public safety, as well as the limited time frame that we have on Light Up Night, we are limiting the number of entries in the parade. A few times there have been issues that have delayed the parade and the balance of the evening. This has made it tough at times for spectators, especially families with young children to be able to stay comfortably to the end of the event.
All entries need to be accompanied by either a photo or a detailed description of their entry. The entry also must indicate if there is music or not with the entry and anything else that can help in the planning of the parade. By submitting an entry all organizations, businesses, etc agree to abide by the rules of the parade and all instructions from the parade officials. Entrants are to keep a copy of the rules, that they have printed off with the entry form, and to bring them to the parade so that they will continue to be familiar with them.
The committee will review all entries and will contact each one and let them know if they will be in this year’s parade. If a submission is not accepted for this year, that organization will be given s “boost to the top” for the following year.
We hope that everyone can understand the need to make these changes and we thank all.
The second annual Kinsmen Ladysmith Days Soapbox Derby is in the books for another year but according to Kinsmen chair, Jason Kelland,
“It’s getting stronger and a lot more local businesses are wanting to get involved”.
Kelland said that the club is copying the type of event that’s been happening in Port Alberni for the past six years.
“They have a very successful event that attracts over 30 carts. In a few years that’s where we’re hoping to be in Ladysmith”, he went on to say.
Alberni has 3 categories and it’s the plan of the Kinsmen club to expand to that for following years. The 2019 event had just a six to 12 year old category and all carts were built from the same kit with no modifications.
“This made the playing field more fair” Kelland said.
This year we had three major sponsors as well as eleven cart sponsors and that was a large increase over last year. There was also 22 participant drivers which double the first year’s event.
“We are very happy with how the whole event is taking off” stated Kelland, “and we look forward to an even bigger event next year at Ladysmith Days”.
The 2019 Soapbox Derby winners were; third place Kaydenn Seifried with Lorelei Perreault taking second place and going home with the first place ribbon was Brynn Hawes.
The Kinsmen would like to thank the sponsors of the event being:
Doug Routley (gold)
Budget Blinds (silver)
A&W (pit sponsors).
As well the cart sponsors, for the event would not have happened if it wasn’t for their support:
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.
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!