Photos: Hundreds turn out for the annual Stampede Street Party

Sarina Harris along with her friend Liam Reid shows off their spoils earned from playing mini carnival games at the Stampede Street Party’s Kid Zone. Patrick Davies photo.
Harvey Ellsworth Overton, a Cariboo Artists Society member, smiles as he adds to a painting during the Stampede Street Party. Along with Dwayne Davis, Overton was showcasing his art while making new art at Spirit Square. Patrick Davies photo.
Dwayne Davis works on finishing a painting of a cowboy astride his horse during the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Matt Granlund was one of many buskers and local musicians supplying live music and entertainment on stages throughout the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
A signpost was set up in the middle of Oliver Street to help direct people to where they wanted to go. Patrick Davies photo.
Raylee Simons enjoys a game of Snookers as she tries to sink a red ball into one of the game’s holes. Patrick Davies photo.
Liam Reid bites his tongue as he attempts to knock over a set of bowling pins with a tetherball in place of a bowling ball at the Stampede Street Party’s Kid Zone. Patrick Davies photo.
Kit and Kaboodle’s Todd Hale encourages Joshua Fine to give his pole a good tug while playing the Mouse Trap carnival game at the Stampede Street Party’s Kids Zone. Patrick Davies photo.
Adam Combs tries out some virtual reality racing provided by Adventure Games Inc. at the Kids Zone at the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Bel Hume (from left) smiles in delight as she watches Lily McKimm toss a hula hoop around a wooden horse cutout while her mother Jeaneth McKimm watches. Patrick Davies photo.
Isabelle Johnny tosses a ball into a basket just one of the many simple but fun carnival games the Stampede Street Party’s Kids Zone offered. Patrick Davies photo.
Rily Hurczak navigates a tricky bit of terrain on an R.C. Car obstacle course at the Kids Zone. Patrick Davies photo.
Mavis Harry and her cousin Raija Paul from Alkali Lake show off their spoils from the Stampede Street Party while resting in the shade. Patrick Davies photo.
River Frost demonstrates a flip during the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Cariboo Chilcotin Gymnastic Association competitive team member Raquel Tomelin hangs upside down during a backflip she performed at an exhibition at the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Cheveyo Price receives an airbrush tattoo of a tiger from Dean Allan during the annual Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Marlene Swears, the president of the Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association works the grill during the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Members of the Lakers Car Club held a mini show and shine at the end of Oliver Street during the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Players from the Williams Lake Stampeders took to the pavement to battle against children in a series of fun street hockey pickup games during the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Tyler Lyons, the owner and operator of Terrible Tyler’s Tea, was selling lemonade with his buddy Payton Daum Armstrong outside the Realm of Toys during the Stampede Street Party. Patrick Davies photo.
Rylee Welsh and her friend Katie Pierce each attempt to make it the furthest in Hattie and Amos Entertainment’s Bouncy Castle Bungee Run. Patrick Davies photo.
Across from Mr. Mikes the Williams Lake Pride Society could be found offering free face painting for children of all ages. Patrick Davies photo.

The sun broke from the clouds Saturday afternoon to light up the annual Stampede Street Party.

After two days of overcast skies and rain, many of the organizers and volunteers involved with this year’s street party were worried they’d be rained out. Yet, after a cloudy morning, the skies opened up and bathed the event in sunshine, raising people’s spirits and good cheer.

Held just after the annual Daybreak Rotary Stampede Parade, which went on for over an hour and drew a crowd of thousands, this year’s Stampede Street Party stretched throughout the downtown, filling up Oliver Street and the avenues branching off it. Their crowds of lakecity locals and tourists were treated to a wide range of food, vendors and activities to partake in sponsored and run by over 75 businesses, organizations and individuals.

Organizer Chrissie Gertzen said she felt this year’s Stampede Street Party had gone “absolutely amazing” and was the busiest she’s seen it in many years.

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“Our hope is that the energy and excitement that we’ve created this year will ensure the street party is going to happen next year. That the City is going to take up the reins and get it going,” Gertzen said.

She plans to take part in organizing the event again next year if called upon. Gertzen wanted to thank Williams Lake for all the support they’ve shown the party from the residents showing up in droves, to the various vendors setting up shop and the businesses inside and outside of downtown that helped out.

The Stampede Street Party, Gertzen said, is an important part of the Williams Lake Stampede, local culture and tourism and is something that will need support come next year.

Gertzen’s fellow organizer and the owner and operator of Kit and Kaboodle, Carl Johnson, was likewise ecstatic to see so many people, especially children, out enjoying the event. Johnson, along with Adventure Games Inc., ran the Kids Zone which offered prizes for children who collected eight stamps from playing a half dozen handmade mini-carnival style games

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All of the mini-carnival games and attractions were made and donated by his sister-in-law Jan Erickson who originally built them two decades ago for her five children. Johnson said that Erickson put in almost 40 hours to refurbish and refresh them so they could find new life at the Stampede Street Party.

“The kids are playing. They’re lining up and they’re playing with actual games, they’re not looking at a device, they’re looking at something in reality,” Johnson said.

Overall, while the event was a little overwhelming and hard to organize, Johnson said the Stampede Street Party had been amazing this year.

“Street party is dear to me and I’ve got it from customers that it’s dear to them, so I’m glad we did it,” Johnson said.



patrick.davies@wltribune.com

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