Fourth annual Christina Lake Homecoming summer festival on July 19 and 20

The Christina Lake Homecoming Committee is inviting everyone to the fourth annual homecoming.

The fourth annual Christina Lake Homecoming takes place July 19 and 20. Pictured here a group performs the Christina Lake theme song

With summer here, the Christina Lake Homecoming crew has been busy planning the fourth annual Christina Lake Homecoming summer festival, which takes place Friday, July 19 and Saturday the 20th.  Everyone is invited!

The homecoming festival is a place where memories are shared and new ones are made.

It’s a time for all – past and present, near or far – to unify in their love for the Lake.

It’s a time for the community to come together to celebrate the region’s talents, showcase its businesses and bring awareness to community services and organizations.

With over 1,500 people in attendance last year, it is fast becoming a tradition here at Christina Lake.

Homecoming kicks off with a celebration of all the wonderful community groups, organizations and volunteers on July 19 at the Christina Living Arts Centre for a wine and cheese social and volunteer appreciation from 7 to 9 p.m.

Come hear the wonderful things the volunteers have been up to. Celebrate and toast a glass to all the efforts of the community throughout the last year.

Slideshow presentations about each group and awards of appreciation will be handed out by Grace McGregor, Christina Lake’s elected representative for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

July 20 is shaping up to be a fantastic day for all. It begins with the famous pancake breakfast served by the Christina Lake Community Hall Association and the market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be over 50 vendors, community groups, artists, businesses, interactive workshops and demos. Free yoga will be offered at the Christina Living Arts Centre on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.

The summer photo contest is on and categories are:

1. Celebrating culture in the communities – photos of cultural events in and around the community.

2. Summer sports and outdoor activities – from waterskiing to fishing

3. Nature and landscape of Christina Lake in summer

4.Wildlife/plant life from Christina Lake in summer

5. Portraits in summer

6. Historical photos of Christina Lake and area in summer

Email a high resolution jpg to Photos will be displayed during the market on Saturday and winners will be announced at 11 a.m.  There are prizes for the winners. Deadline to enter is July 18.

There will be music performances from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., including Juno Shenstone, Jeff Holitzki, Intunistics, Edward Macleod, Damien Alblas, Amanda Thate and Big Raven Community Productions.

Free paddle board demonstrations will be held on the main beach from 2 to 4 p.m., or come by the Christina Living Arts Centre to hear a presentation on the Christina Lake Watershed from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Christina Lake Fire Department is preparing another barbecue feast for the community potluck, with help from the ladies auxiliary.

Join the community for an evening of entertainment, including local favourites Lisa Smith and Friends, Rosemary Phillips, Rara Avis Dancers, Les Folles Jambettes, Luminosity and Blackberry Wood to get everyone on the dance floor!

Bring your family, neighbours, visitors and join everyone for the family dance.  There will be a cash bar and snacks for sale in the evening.  Potluck barbecue and family dance goes from 4 to 10 p.m. More information on the Facebook Christina Lake Homecoming Summer Festival page.

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