Final preparations are falling into place for the city’s big 85th birthday celebration planned for May 3.
“Staff at city hall and the recreation complex have been phenomenal in pulling it all together,” said Coun. Danica Hughes.
Additionally, the Lions Club will serve breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m, the Rotary Club of Williams Lake will serve dinner at 5 p.m., the Leaders Moving Forward will provide birthday cake at 7 p.m.
Family activities including wagon rides and potato sack races, are planned from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Heritage Committee member Lynda Pinette has also organized a line-up of performers in the park between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
They include Cariboo Gold, the Williams Lake Community Band, Angela Sommers’ children’s choir and women’s choir, Bhangra Dancers from Quesnel and Drum and Bell Tower.
In the afternoon, Maranatha Christian School will host a carnival in the recreation complex from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and the concession stand will be open in the complex.
Hughes is very excited that a family dance is slated for the evening, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
She has served one term on council and will not seek re-election, however, Hughes said a family dance is one of the things she hoped to help organize.
“The Williams Lake Youth Fiddlers will kick off the dance and are working with a group of young First Nations fiddlers,” Hughes said, adding the local group Perfect Match will finish off the evening.
All events will take place in Boitanio Park and the Cariboo Memorial Complex’s small arena.
Coun. Surinderpal Rathor, who along with Hughes has been co-ordinating the celebration said Tuesday evening he still has people phoning him to make donations to help cover costs.
“I don’t need anymore money,” Rathor said. “I’m telling people I’ll call them up next time we are planning a celebration.”