Vancouver Island: The Amazing Chemainus Summerfest

Chemainus Events

Hosted by the Rotary Club, Summerfest 2011 – Cirque de Chemainus, will take place June 25th from 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Complete with food and games and music, this promises to be a great day for  all who attend. Bring the kids, the grandfolk, your friends and dates – Vancouver Island events welcome everyone!

Kicking off the day with the Rotary Breakfast, you can enjoy flapjacks and sausages, which are described as ‘legendary’, at Waterwheel Park, located in the heart of Chemainus, on the waterfront. The full-size replica waterwheel sits at the park’s entrance and is an homage to the waterwheels that powered the mills during pioneer times and, of historic note, the park is built on grounds that were once part of the mill manager’s home.

Musical Entertainment will start at 8:30 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. an Artisan Fair showcasing Vancouver Island artisans will run concurrently throughout the day.

Cirque de Chemainus

The annual festival has a circus theme this year, Cirque de Chemainus, so you can expect cotton candy, and circus-themed parade floats.  At 11:00 a.m. the Parade starts at the corner of Willow and Victoria and finishes at Esplanade and Kin Park.

Adding a special touch to the Cirque festivities, “Fizzle Pop”, the clown will be lending his talents.  This professional clown has over 20 years’ experience entertaining children of all ages.

There’s a highly anticipated BBQ lunch in the Waterwheel parking lot, hosted by the Rotary, that features hamburgers, hotdogs and their famous tube steak.  I understand that this year we will also see some new items added into the mix.

Usually attended by 500-600 people, this Vancouver Island event is fun-filled for the entire family, with Children’s activities beginning at 11:45 a.m. and running throughout the day.

Chemainus Foods, Chemainus Valley Courier, Chemainus Firefighters, Municipality of North Cowichan and Ray Peters Trucking are the joint sponsors of the day.

As a sidenote: The Chemainus Rotary Club has taken on the project of raising funds for the purchase and donation of an Urgent Care X-Ray machine to the Chemainus Health Care Centre and all proceeds from food sales of the Summer Fest, Cirque de Chemainus, will go toward that purchase.

Come on over one and all – Summerfest in Chemainus is a dandy way to start your summer off right!

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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