JulyFest weekend is here

The best of the fests has arrived; opening bocce draw at 4 Friday

Young man

Young man

“Things are going really well,” said JulyFest coordinator Jason Toner, who stopped by the Bulletin office Monday in between a thousand and one last minute jobs in advance of the JulyFest weekend.

“Sales are going well, we have over 200 bocce teams registered. We’re looking forward to a great weekend.”

Action begins Friday at 4 p.m. with the first games of the Canadian Bocce Championships.

On the stage at the Rotary Drive bocce pits on Friday night will be the Jamie Neve, Good Ol’ Goats, Junk Drawer and Sketch.

The live music continues Saturday as soon as the parade ends, with In Pursuit, Party on High Street, Amy Thiessen, the Bison Brothers, Elk Hunt and Crooked Line playing until 8 p.m. at which time the Civic Centre will open.

Beginning at 9 p.m. in the arena are the Honeymans, followed by The Wild at 10:30 and One Bad Son at 11:30.

Tickets for the Saturday night dance party are $40 and can be purchased at kimberleyjulyfest.com

There will be lots of activities for kids at Rotary Park right next to the bocce pits. There will be a bouncy castle and slide, PT the Clown will be there to entertain as well. A tennis tournament will be playing at Rotary Park and soccer games played throughout the city.

And don’t forget before the parade, the Kimberley Rotary Club will be at the bocce site bright and early Saturday morning for a pancake breakfast. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and goes to 10:45.

As for the big parade, Toner says everything should be ready to roll by 10 a.m. Saturday morning, so bring your lawn chairs. You can also bring a donation of non-perishable food as the Kimberley Food Bank will be collecting donations along the parade route.

Sunday, bocce and soccer continue as well as the Sullivan Challenge Skateboard race.

The full schedule for the JulyFest weekend is available at kimberleyjulyfest.com and updates on the JulyFest FaceBook page.

Toner says a few volunteers are still needed for a couple of shifts in the beer tent and also for bocce refs. If you can help out email him at jason@kimberleychamber.com