Second annual B.C. Rivers Day celebration in the Similkameen

Second annual river celebration

Last year Cassandra Gibbs won first prize for the photo she took during the the first Similkameen Rivers celebration. Casandra’s photo is of an interesting circular swirl of foam generated at the river edge

Sunday, October 16, 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., meeting at Kobau Park, Coulthard Road, Cawston.

For the past 30 years Rivers Day has been celebrated on the last Sunday of September.  As this date does not fit into the harvest season we celebrate the river a little later.  Originally coordinated by the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC), the celebration began with a volunteer clean-up beside the Thompson River and is now celebrated by communities across B.C. attracting over 75,000 people to more than 100 events each year.  In 2005, Rivers Day became a global event, celebrated by millions of people from communities all over the world.  2011 sees the second annual celebration of the Similkameen River, the life blood of our beautiful valley. After a short opening ceremony we will break into groups to gather garbage beside the river close to the lovely and popular Kobau Park.  Garbage bags and gloves will be provided.  Join us on the 16th to enjoy time beside the river, to learn more about the role the river plays in contributing to the health of the Similkameen valley and bring your camera, digital or film, to take photos of the day’s activities to enter the photo contest.

Light refreshments will be on site.

Win a prize for the best photo of the day’s activities. Photo contest categories:  Age 6-10 years, 11 to 15 years and 16 to the long lived.  Photo contest entrance forms will be handed out at the celebration.

Similkameen Rivers Day is sponsored by Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance, Similkameen Country and Kobau Parks and Recreation Commission.

For more information call Lee @ 250 499 5404.

 

 

Contributed By Lee McFadyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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