Sam Steele-goers turn out in their thousands

Co-ordinator says 2013 edition was one of the most well-attended events she's seen, and was helped along by the summer weather.

The Wiener Dog Races have proven to be one of Sam Steele Days’ biggest draws. Hundreds of spectators got into position well in advance to take in this absolutely

The Wiener Dog Races have proven to be one of Sam Steele Days’ biggest draws. Hundreds of spectators got into position well in advance to take in this absolutely

Over the weekend, people packed the streets for Sam Steele Days celebrations.

Laura Kennedy, Sam Steele Days co-ordinator, said this was one of the most well-attended events she’s seen, and was helped along by the summer weather.

“Everything went really well. The weather was really awesome on the weekend,” Kennedy said. “We had record numbers out watching the parade, down at the central fairgrounds on Saturday. We had huge participation in the ball and soccer tournaments. It was just a wonderful weekend.”

She couldn’t estimate the exact numbers attending the parade, but said it was in the thousands.

After the parade, everyone headed over to Rotary Park, where people could sample food from all over the area in the Taste of Cranbrook event, check out the talent competition or purchase crafts and other goods from the many vendors. There was also face-painting, a petting zoo and balloon park for kids.

The Strongman competition took place right beside the park, while just down the road, the wiener dog races and lumberjack competition were going on.

She estimated 5,000-6,000 people in the fairgrounds, the area from Baker Street to Rotary Park.

“We were very happy with the way things went,” she said. “I would say attendance was definitely up this year.”

There were also sweetheart participants from other areas in attendance at the pageant and in the parade.

“We had more visiting royalty this year than we’ve had in a couple of years,” she said.

Kennedy said the event is planned throughout the year by a core committee of 12 people, who then reach the different organizers of the events taking place.

“I would say there are probably 500 people involved one way or another in the daily activities,” she said. “There are probably 60 volunteers just working on the parade alone. Then you look at the ball tournament, there’s got to be 100 volunteers working on that event.”

When you factor in all the other events, the volunteer contribution is quickly felt.

Kennedy said the city and its staff were great to work with, as well as the corporate sponsors.

“It just really is a community event to make this thing happen,’ she said. “A big thank you to Cranbrook and everyone who came out and was either participating or spectating. It was a great weekend.”

She invites everyone to come out and celebrate next year when it will be the 50th anniversary of Sam Steele Days.

Just Posted

The Kimberley Aquatic Centre is set to reopen its doors to the public on July 6, after being shut down due to the pandemic in March, 2020. The Centre will be initially operating with reduced occupancy and limited program offerings. Bulletin file.
Kimberley Aquatic Centre set to re-open July 6

New safety infrastructure, limited guests and programming allow facility to open again

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Calvin Dickson photo.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Inquest set into 2016 death of B.C. teen after a day spent in police custody

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure in hospital after spending time in jail cell

Children’s shoes and flowers are shown after being placed outside the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ontario commits $10 million to investigate burial sites at residential schools

Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 12 locations of unmarked burial sites in Ontario

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop ‘appalling’ live horse export, slaughter

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

In this Saturday, May 29, 2021, file photo, people crowd the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions will disappear Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
With COVID tamed, it’s a ‘grand reopening’ in California

No more state rules on social distancing, no more limits on capacity, no more mandatory masks

x
It’s hard out there for a billionaire

I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that while many, many people… Continue reading

Most Read