Feature Story                                                                                              Sunday, August 31, 2014


It's a Wrap

Super summer downtown

Staff/Voice photos


The Chillbillies perform at the final Party in the Park event. Below, the crowd loved Bobby "Nearly Neil" Bruce and his band.


hilliwack’s love affair with Party in the Park came to an end for thousands at the final event of the summer last week. The consensus amongst those who went to the 4 events seems to be that they were fabulous.


This year, the City of Chilliwack spent their pin money on Canada Day fireworks instead of fully funding Party in the Park for 8 nights which was the case in previous years.


Friday’s headliners Nearly Neil and Todd Richard had an estimated 5,000 people in the bowl at Central Community Park on their feet.


Local Country and Western star Todd Richard spoke with The Voice after his set.


Richard played Party in the Park three years ago when his last album, Journey On, came out. He feels right at home in Chilliwack because he grew up in the city and all night long he was bumping into people he knew.


"It's great being back here. It's a hometown crowd. You can't beat playing to a crowd like that.  This is the best event in the valley, it's amazing. You got to be here."


According to his website, the single High Time is the working man’s summer anthem of 2014.


He says the rest of the album will be ready sometime in the Spring.


“We're just doing up a fan video of High Time that we are going to have on Youtube in the next couple of weeks,” said Richard. “We're working on the rest of the album, but that's the first song off of our next album. We just keep rolling away.”









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Thanks for looking. See you next summer.