Monday, May 20, 2013

Seafest planning almost complete as Rupert's weekend nears

While many Rupertites have scattered for the Victoria Day Long weekend, three weeks from now will provide for a different story as residents and visitors alike get set to take in the 35the Edition of the always popular Seafest celebrations.

This years theme for Seafest is Celebrating a Community of Volunteers, which considering the volume of them required to put the weekend itself on, seems rather appropriate.

The four day event runs from Thursday, June 6th until Sunday, June 9th and features a number of events to pencil into your must attend list for young and old alike

From Friday's Seniors Tea to Blockstock the Friday evening music festival for youth, the weekend of activities will provide for a full calendar heading into Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday features the key event to that day's schedule with the Seafest Parade an event that attracts participants and parade watchers from across the Northwest and beyond.

This years route, like those of most years will have the parade travel from the Court House down Second Avenue with a turn on Sixth  and back down Third Avenue to return to the starting point.

Those looking to participate in the Parade must have their registration fee and applications in by Wednesday June 5th, you can learn more about the parade  here, here and here.

The Special Events Society has commissioned the construction of a new parade float and it's hoped that the job  will be finished in time for the new float to make its debut at the parade on the 8th.

From Saturday's parade the attention shifts to Third Avenue which is turned over to the city's residents as the majority of the street is blocked off for the huge festival of events, food stands and entertainment spots.

Sunday's focus turns towards the waterfront with the Sailpast and Fly Over, Quick and Daring Races, Swim for Survival competition and Kayak Races to name a few.

There is still time for local residents, groups and merchants to get onboard as a Seafest Sponsor, you can learn more about that process here and here.

And to get into the spirit of Seafest local merchants can take part in the Seafest Window decorating contest, which is sponsored by the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce.

Judging for that contest takes place on Friday, June 7th from 4 to 5 PM.  You can find out more information on how to get your business on the list of windows to be judged by contacting the Chamber of Commerce.

We'll feature updated items on the 2013 Seafest as they are released and as we get closer to the weekend of celebrations.

June 3-- Seafest Prep (video)

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