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Flannel Fest returns for year six

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Flannel Fest, Kimberley’s winter festival, is returning for its sixth year and will run from February 15 to 18, 2024.

“It’s just unbelievable, I mean I can remember Karen [Cetinski] and I sitting around creating the first one over six years ago, thinking Kimberley needs a winter festival and we might as well create one,” co-coordinator James “Archie” Archibald reflected. “So that’s kind of how we got going. I was talking with her, she just said she wanted to create a winter festival and I was like well I have some really great ideas and this is sort of how it came to fruition.”

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The COVID pandemic meant that two of the years of Flannel Fest were done virtually, and Archibald said they’ve hung onto some of the ideas they integrated into those online-only years, such as the online photo contests, in addition to the ever-expanding list of in-person events.

”We’re always encouraging other people to create their own events and help us make Flannel Fest bigger,” he said. “Anything that you can do in the summertime you can usually do in the wintertime and I’m planning to put a post out just giving ideas to everyone and hoping that someone will run away with one of them or two.

“Karen and I, I think we’ve done a great job in organizing this, but we could definitely use some help with some newer feet-on-the ground events. I’ve got a lot of dreams!”

One of the big new events they have announced for this year is Warming Up Winter, a reggae night at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17. Featuring DJ Naytaron and DJ Sasquatch, the event costs $10 and will have food and drinks available, with a full bar.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.. the dance will be all-ages, then from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. the bar will open and the event will become adults-only.

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Archibald hopes that this “plants a seed” that will grow into a larger-scale reggae festival that takes place in the summer.

Returning events include the Fat Bike Poker Run, the Chubby Wheels Enduro Fatbike Race, the Elks Poker Night and the Flannel Fling Disc Golf Tournament at Bootleg Gap Golf Course.

In terms of contests, there will once again be the Shirley Rossi Backyard Snow Sculpture contest, Best Dressed Flannel Pet, a Flannel Art Contest, Kimberley’s Best Bear Competition and the Royal Flannel Couple photo competition.

The winners of the Royal Flannel Couple will win a one-night stay at the Larix Hotel and dinner at the Stonefire.

Freddy the “Flannelsquatch”, the official mascot of the festival who was introduced last year, will be back again this year making his rounds, throwing discs, riding fat bikes and stopping for photo ops.

Full details about the ever-evolving event can be found here: facebook.com/kimberleywinterflannelfest See the full event schedule below.

Wednesday, February 14

9:00am-6:00pm Kimberley Kritters Pet Food 10% off for flannel attire and mentioning Flannel Fest

12:00pm-All Week Funk Haus Craft Lab Coloring Contest Page Pickup

7:00am-All Week Two J’s Café Special Strawberry Cream Pie/Pot Pies

9:00am-All Week Jack Carter Ghost Rider (Marysville) Meant 2B Loved Bottle Drive

8:30pm The Sullivan Pub Flannel Fest Karaoke Night

Thursday, February 15

6:30pm Kimberley Elks Club Flannel Fest Poker Night ($10 entry fee)

Friday, February 16

2:00pm The Bean Tree Chili Cook-off “Bring It!”

7:00pm-10:00pm The Bean Tree Flannel Fest Open Mic

8:00pm The Sullivan Pub Flannel Fest DJ Party

8:00pm Bohemian Spirits Alpine Beats

Saturday, February 17

10:00am Lois Creek Trails Fat Bike Poker Run (flannelfestkimberley@outlook.com)

12:00pm Funk Haus Craft Lab 15% Off for wearing Flannel

12:00pm Bootleg Golf Course Flannel Fling Winter Disc Golf Classic (open to all levels)

11:00pm-3:00pm Centennial Hall Flannel Fest Family Market

6:00pm The Larix Hotel Outdoor Fire & Cocktails

7:00pm-9:00pm Centennial Hall Flannel Fest Kidz Reggae Dance Party

9:00pm-12:00am Centennial Hall Wrapping Up Winter Reggae Night ($10 entry)

7:00pm Marysville Pub Live Music – Tim Ross

(free entrance anyone wearing flannel & draw entry)

Sunday, February 18

12:00pm Funk Haus Craft Lab 15% Off for wear Flannel

10:00am Kimberley Trail Society Chubby Wheels Enduro Race (flannelfestkimberley@outlook.com)

11:00am Jack Carter Ghost Rider - #3 Boundary Street Meant 2B Loved Bottle Drive

12:00pm Jack Carter Ghost Rider ATV Food Bank Parade Route: Marysville,Rotary Dr, Wallinger,3 Boundary)

1:00pm -4:00pm 3 Boundary Street Flannel Fest Wrap Up (all welcome)

BBQ, Beer Garden, Awards, Vendors, Music

2:00pm Funk Haus Craft Lab Coloring Contest Winner Announced

Flannel Fest Online Contests:

Kimberley Kritters Pet Food & Supply - Best Dressed Flannel Pet

Jim Webster – Flannel Art Contest

Krevan Photography - Flannel Family Picture Contest

The Larix Hotel - Flannel Fest Royal Couple

Shirley Rossi Backyard Snow Sculpture Contest

Photo Contest – Outdoor Action Shot

Sprout Health Market – Kimberley’s Best Beard Contest

CASH GRABS / ONLINE FUN FOR PRIZES / FREDDY APPEARANCES /