Tamu Miles Gazette editor
On Saturday, April 14, Country Grocer hosted a family fun day in which businesses and community non-profit organizations were invited to set up booths, sell products, and generate awareness. The sun was out and there was much to see, and much fun to be had.
Starting at the far end of the parking lot, CVIC Radio was on hand with program information, a sign-up sheet for much needed volunteers, and a “fish for prizes” game for kids. Next to them, the Lake Cowichan Fire Department was doing their annual “fill the boot” fundraiser selling hotdogs by donation.
Kids were able to enjoy the bouncy castle set up by Par-T-Perfect, and get their faces painted by Trevor Burnette, one of the businesses employees. Burnette says Par-T-Perfect helps plan children’s birthday parties and corporate events. They offer a bouncy castle, face painting, balloons and more. The business provides part-time summer employment for local students.
Lady of the Lake contenders were busy selling Lake Days raffle tickets and greeting the community. Next to them the Senior’s Centre was letting everyone know about their banquet and hat parade that took place Saturday evening. The Lake Bloomers had plants for sale and information on what they offer while Mick and Barb from the Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue hoped to recruit a few volunteers to help with the many unwanted strays in the area.
The Great Lake Walk was gearing up for their event happening this Sept., and the Ladies Auxiliary had many great knitted items for sale. Mending Fences, the Katzaa Players production happening in May, was doing a draw for free tickets. The Cowichan Lake and river Stewardship Society had loads of information for the public to browse through, including information on how to become a member.
Lake Cowichan Girl Guides were selling cookies. Haley Burant, Cloe Begman, and Desiree and Kyla Karlson said they were selling lots and only had four out of 12 cases left by the time I talked to them. Finally, the Honeymoon Bay Rustic Outdoor Market had many unique and wonderful gifts for sale.