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Mark your calendars, it’s time to celebrate! The 7th Annual Christina Lake Homecoming Summerfest is July 6-10. Everyone is welcome!

Mark your calendars, it’s time to celebrate! The 7th Annual  Christina Lake Homecoming Summerfest is July  6-10. Everyone is welcome!  This year’s theme is “Summer Love.”

Homecoming Summerfest captivates the community spirit of the people who love Christina Lake. It’s a tradition that unifies and celebrates our community past and present. It’s the time of year when we all come together, near and far to celebrate this incredible place to live, work, play and vacation!

We are so incredibly fortunate to live amongst the beauty which surrounds us, within the arms of this community.  We truly have so much to celebrate and we hope you can join us.

It will be a great week of celebrations, starting with a love-themed movie night. Cool down from a hot summer’s day, enjoy some popcorn and a movie at the Community Hall. Enjoy the glow of the setting sun and the amazing view looking down the lake. A great way to kick off the Homecoming Summerfest week!

Thursday celebrates our weekly Open Mic night at the Welcome Centre. Bring out your talents and let it shine. A great evening of music awaits. Always wonderful to see all the talented folk from all over come together to celebrate the sweet sound of music!

There will certainly be reason to celebrate on Friday, July 8 when we have Alpha Yaya Diallo perform in concert at the Welcome Centre. Alpha Yaya Diallo—guitarist, singer, songwriter—is a three-time Juno Award winner. A true multi-cultural artist, he performs in French, English and his native Guinean languages of Fulani, Malinke, and Sosoxi.

Diallo’s dexterous acoustic and electric guitar-playing, with its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in the front ranks of African musicians. His band, Bafing, features high energy African rhythms, visually captivating dancers and a hypnotic percussion section. Alpha Yaya will also be performing a drum workshop on Saturday evening at the Christina Lake Provincial Park.

Saturday the celebrations begin early with the Community Hall traditional pancake breakfast. The market will be packed with lots of vendors to tantalize those shopping desires and to inspire! There will be kids games, live music, great food vendors for lunch; a pickle ball tournament happening at the courts across from the hall; and, the Little Lakers Bike Park will have their first race over the course.

Don’t have a bike? Not to worry—Wildways donated one your little one can use and maybe even have a chance of winning!

Once the heat of the sun hits, it’s lake time, and the celebrations continues at the Christina Lake Provincial Park, for an afternoon beach volleyball tournament.

New this year will be the first annual “Kootenay-Boundary Raft Races.” Gather up a team, follow the instructions on the registration form and build your own raft! Set sail from Schulli‘s to the Christina Lake Provincial Park, a 900-metre race where your ingenuity and strength will be tested!

The evening events begin with a by donation community barbecue and family beach party, sponsored by the RDKB in honour of its 50th anniversary. All donations will go the Christina Lake Fire Department.

Live music on the beach, filled with summer love, drumming, dancing, performing. Decorate yourselves with glow sticks and paint, or stop by the glow station and create a luminary bag and line the shores.

Start getting those ideas ready for the 3rd Annual Light Up the Lake Boat Parade for motorized and people powered boats and floats.  Last year we saw some great entries, can’t wait to see all the creative things you  come up with this year. Be sure to register your boats!

Celebrate with Chipko Jones, root rhythms and soul music band  from the Okanagan, with songs about the inner revolution towards peace, freedom and a more integrated relationship with life.

Join us for more celebrations at the handcrafted and homegrown Sunday Market at the Crow and Bear parking Lot. Enjoy more music and food vendors. Kootenay Mountain Bike Coaching from Rossland will be here on Sunday, July 10 to run a kid’s mountain bike skills clinic.

Lots of reasons to celebrate this Homecoming Summerfest. Be sure to save the date, and watch for more details. Pick up a schedule of events and registration forms at the Welcome Centre or check out the website www.christinalakehomecoming.com or the Facebook page Christina Lake Homecoming Summer Festival.

Do you have ideas, like to be involved? We would love to hear from you! From helping with parking to the pancake breakfast , helping with kids games to cleaning the beach, any help is appreciated! Our volunteers are the heart of Christina Lake!       Contact Cindy at 250-447-9771.

“Come Home To The Lake.”