Plans for a big party to celebrate Williams Lake’s 85th birthday are coming along.
“The planning committee got together on Feb. 3 and right now we’re just trying to get the final details together,” Coun. Danica Hughes said.
The city’s birthday of incorporation is March 15, however, organizers have selected May 3 for a big celebration.
Activities will take place in Boitanio Park and in rink two of the Cariboo Memorial Complex.
They range from games, wagon rides, a carnival hosted by Maranatha School, breakfast and dinner prepared by service clubs, to a large birthday cake, entertainment and family dance.
Hughes said she’s hoping the day will be affordable, inclusive and enjoyable for everyone.
Coun. Surinderpal Rathor has been fundraising for the birthday celebration.
On Thursday he confirmed that 25 individuals, corporations and businesses will contribute $13,500 to cover the entire costs of the celebration, minus the cost of using the small arena.
Rathor said he hoped the city and Cariboo Regional District will waive the $2,000 rental fee for the rink.
“It is is my decision that I will not accept more than $500 from the city for the celebration,” Rathor said. “That way the city will be an equal sponsor and not own the event.”
Rathor is also compiling a VIP list for the celebration.