Wasn’t that a party? Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary wins on all fronts

Bryn Keys and young Nash learn to operate heavy machinery at the popular VIU Forestry simulator. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Bryn Keys and young Nash learn to operate heavy machinery at the popular VIU Forestry simulator. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Duncan’s Bud Lights finished in first place by beating Duncan’s Big Wheels Sunday afternoon at the end of the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Slo-Pitch Tourney held on the lower Centennial Ball Fields. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Duncan’s Bud Lights finished in first place by beating Duncan’s Big Wheels Sunday afternoon at the end of the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Slo-Pitch Tourney held on the lower Centennial Ball Fields. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Duncan’s Bud Lights finished in first place by beating Duncan’s Big Wheels Sunday afternoon at the end of the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Slo-Pitch Tourney held on the lower Centennial Ball Fields. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Duncan’s Bud Lights finished in first place by beating Duncan’s Big Wheels Sunday afternoon at the end of the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Slo-Pitch Tourney held on the lower Centennial Ball Fields. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Red noses were a popular item at the 75th Anniversary Celebration. This nose sported by Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Red noses were a popular item at the 75th Anniversary Celebration. This nose sported by Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Young Hunter is learning about Lake Cowichan’s Pumper Fire Truck at the Field of Heroes during the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)                                Young Hunter is learning about Lake Cowichan’s Pumper Fire Truck at the Field of Heroes during the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Young Hunter is learning about Lake Cowichan’s Pumper Fire Truck at the Field of Heroes during the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette) Young Hunter is learning about Lake Cowichan’s Pumper Fire Truck at the Field of Heroes during the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
In the Kids Zone at the Home Depot tent kids learn to build little projects. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)In the Kids Zone at the Home Depot tent kids learn to build little projects. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
“High Fives” all around from young Eyelynd, he has attended all three days of the ball tourney at the lower Centennial Ball Fields. The tourney was won by the Bud Lights from Duncan. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)“High Fives” all around from young Eyelynd, he has attended all three days of the ball tourney at the lower Centennial Ball Fields. The tourney was won by the Bud Lights from Duncan. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
It can’t be a birthday without a cake and here is Lake Cowichan’s 75th Anniversary cake parading to Saywell park to open the celebration. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)It can’t be a birthday without a cake and here is Lake Cowichan’s 75th Anniversary cake parading to Saywell park to open the celebration. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Mason and Edrect with faces painted help each other paint a clock at the Kids Zone Saturday at the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Mason and Edrect with faces painted help each other paint a clock at the Kids Zone Saturday at the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Kids of all ages put together and then race their wooden cars at the Kids zone at the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Kids of all ages put together and then race their wooden cars at the Kids zone at the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Brendan Morgan helps Kane and Maverick colour fish at the Cowichan Watershed Board booth. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Brendan Morgan helps Kane and Maverick colour fish at the Cowichan Watershed Board booth. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
BC Air Ambulance pilot Geoffrey Beurkholder landed his helicopter in the ‘Field of Heroes’ to allow everyone to look it over. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)BC Air Ambulance pilot Geoffrey Beurkholder landed his helicopter in the ‘Field of Heroes’ to allow everyone to look it over. (Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Maybe he’ll become a pilot for the Air Ambulance one day after seeing one close up at the Field of Heroes during the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration. ( Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)Maybe he’ll become a pilot for the Air Ambulance one day after seeing one close up at the Field of Heroes during the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration. ( Malcolm Chalmers/Gazette)
Lake Cowichan Tenors sing ‘O Canada’ at official opening of the 75th annivesary celebrations. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Lake Cowichan Tenors sing ‘O Canada’ at official opening of the 75th annivesary celebrations. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
MP Alistair MacGregor says Lake Cowichan is an example of a caring community. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)MP Alistair MacGregor says Lake Cowichan is an example of a caring community. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Ts’uubaa-asatx Chief Georgina Livingstone gives a blessing for Lake Cowichan’s 75th anniversary celebrations at Saywell Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Ts’uubaa-asatx Chief Georgina Livingstone gives a blessing for Lake Cowichan’s 75th anniversary celebrations at Saywell Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Good friends, goo food, great weather, great music: Lake Cowichan’s 75th annivesary community dinner is a winner. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Good friends, goo food, great weather, great music: Lake Cowichan’s 75th annivesary community dinner is a winner. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Retro Rock Revival draws a big crowd at Saywell Park during the 75th birthday party at the Lake. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Retro Rock Revival draws a big crowd at Saywell Park during the 75th birthday party at the Lake. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Mayor Rod Peters welcomes everyone to Saywell Park and Lake Cowichan’s 75th anniversary celebrations. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Mayor Rod Peters welcomes everyone to Saywell Park and Lake Cowichan’s 75th anniversary celebrations. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Committee co-chairs Paul Jordan and Loretta Puckrin share a joke with the crowd during the warm-up to the opening ceremonies at Saywell Park Aug. 17. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Committee co-chairs Paul Jordan and Loretta Puckrin share a joke with the crowd during the warm-up to the opening ceremonies at Saywell Park Aug. 17. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The winning cake in the 75th anniversary bake-off celebrates tubing on the Cowichan River on a sunny summer’s day. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)The winning cake in the 75th anniversary bake-off celebrates tubing on the Cowichan River on a sunny summer’s day. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Loretta Puckrin co-chair of the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Committee thanks the Kinsmen for 75 years of service to the community. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Loretta Puckrin co-chair of the Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Committee thanks the Kinsmen for 75 years of service to the community. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Paul Jordan, co-chair of the Lake Cowichan 75th anniversary committee, thanks the fire department for 75 years of service to the community. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Paul Jordan, co-chair of the Lake Cowichan 75th anniversary committee, thanks the fire department for 75 years of service to the community. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Ish da Fish and Marion entertain families at Saywell Park after the 75th anniversary opening ceremonies. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)Ish da Fish and Marion entertain families at Saywell Park after the 75th anniversary opening ceremonies. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

That was a weekend to remember!

Lake Cowichan’s 75th anniversary celebration was a great party all weekend.

Along with a special tea that featured visiting dignitary Dr. Bill Carpentier of Apollo Space Program fame, Friday night at the Lake Cowichan 50+ Centre featured the judging of the anniversary cake bake-off.

Saturday, after the official ceremonies, Saywell Park was the place to be.

A kids zone, information booths, a popular forestry simulator from Vancouver Island University, food truck alley with lots of delicious eating options, the imagination station, a community dinner, and lots of great entertainment combined for a great day outdoors with friends and family in Lake Cowichan.

Meanwhile, the slo-pitch tournament was continuing, and up at Lake Cowichan School, a field of heroes was set up honouring all public service organizations, with fire trucks, a helicopter and lots more for families to visit.

Everything wound up Sunday with even more fun for kids, an afternoon of timbersports, and a great lakeside ‘pool party’.

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