By Abi Harker, Facilities and Rental Manager.
It's that time again where we celebrate all things community!
Our annual neighbour day and business fair is on June 15th this year. I have been very fortunate to lead this shindig for the past 4 years. Luckily, I have a great team who makes this work like a well-oiled clock.
Each year, our Neighbour Day has grown in activities, ideas and people enjoying the event. We strive to offer the locals and people from all over, a fun afternoon filled with music, displays of our rentals we have such as Tae Kwon Do and Salsa to name a couple, food trucks, bouncy castle, free events, music and our ever fabulous bar and bar manager Brina to pour a beer or two. It's a great way for people to see what we have to offer during the week.
The idea for this started 3 years ago, a fantastic local business fair incorporated into Neighbour Day was hatched between myself, Bryan Buss owner/operator Leroux Music and Dr. Laura Vandertogt, Chiropractor of the Wellness Studio. One rainy day at Weeds Cafe, we met and thrashed out an idea to bring local businesses together to share who they are and what they do to help grow this wonderful community. Both Bryan and Laura were instrumental in reaching out to the other businesses that each year, grew in size and wanted very much to be back in the fold of our special day.
Our vision is to provide a day where all are inclusive and engagement of the community is key. Each year we hope to make our event bigger and better. Without the support we have of the community board, the city and all the countless volunteers and their time, none of this could happen. We are very grateful!
Please come and join us on June 15th at 11am. We expect the fun to start around 11.30-noonish as we start to get everyone in place around that time. The bar will be open - bring cash for this and the food. The Dog Father food truck will be serving food, hot coffee and tea - this was our biggest request from last year!
Events to look forward to: a fantastic bike clinic and bicycle obstacle event for kids - Bike Rodeo. Fun free interactive events such as Happy Feet soccer for little ones, a great bouncy castle and as mentioned displays from our great renters for martial arts. All the local businesses that come to join the day will be very excited for you to visit their table and found out who they are - don't be shy!
We also have a local band playing tunes of yesteryear, so dance your face off! To top the day, there l be a super talent show starting around 3pm, that showcases local kids and adults. We promise no Simon Cowell though!
We can guarantee fun, laughter and mingling with familiar faces, but not the weather. Just come prepared for rain/shine or pollen as we plan to enjoy regardless :-)