Street Party a great time for kids and families

Those taking a break from rodeo action Saturday may want to stay downtown after the Stampede Parade for the free family fun taking place at the annual Street Party.

Those taking a break from rodeo action Saturday may want to stay downtown after the Stampede Parade for the free family fun taking place at the annual Street Party.

Oliver Street from Mackenzie Avenue to Fourth Avenue at Safeway will be blocked off for the party, as well as short sections of some side streets, for seven blocks of family fun.

There will be wagon rides, a car show, and an art wall to paint on. 

There will be games, magic shows, crafts, a petting zoo and more for kids, and lots of music, dancing, and entertainment on several stages that will be set up at strategic locations.

Spirit Square becomes First Nations Square for the day with the Nitehawks, Francis Johnson, hoop dancing, Eagle Spirit plus vendors and various activities.

Over in front of Woodland Jewellers is Kidsville set up with a sandbox scavenger hunt, painting, face painting, sidewalk drawing and crafts.

On Second Avenue by Willies’ Western Wear national high school rodeo finalists will be offering roping lessons.

There will be bouncy castles for kids to play in and mini go carts for them to race in.

Kids get a real kick out of the Guitar Hero rock off that will be set up outside Sight and Sound.

The Vintage Stage with the Lakers Car Club show and music by Arnie Zimmerman and Done-Rite DJ Service will be set up at the bottom of Oliver Street.

The stage at Herb Gardner Park features music with Tanis Family Mountain Music, Perfect Match, Oren Barter and Zumba dancing by Curves. 

Main Stage at Oliver Street and Second Avenue features Dynamic Downfall, Soupbone, Jessie Chapin Band and more introduced by master of ceremonies Dale Taylor. 

There will be a petting zoo put on by Chimney Valley 4-H Club and magic tricks performed by Clint Gray.

At the Community Stage in the Cariboo Grower’s Cooperative parking lot there will be demonstrations of belly dancing and  yoga. 

There will be performances by Mark Gilman and Jessie Rajala Chapin in a solo acoustic set.