Friday December 16, 2011

BIA News

Five Minutes Of Funk 

Winter Carnival family fun set for Saturday

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owntown Chilliwack BIA Executive Director Kathy Funk, Desmond Devnich and Debbie Biggin appeared on 98.3 Star FM Thursday to chat with morning show host Scott Riley and Lisa Stevens about the Business Improvement Association's 2011 wind-up event called Winter Carnival. The following are highlights from their conversation.

"Our Christmas in the City is continuing on. This is our grand finale, Winter Carnival, right at the old Empress (hotel) parking lot, right near the Sutton Business Centre," said BIA Exec. Dir. Kathy Funk.

She said they were "really excited about Saturday" and wanted Chilliwack families to check out the event.

"Always popular with the kids, we have the West Coast Amusements park bringing in a couple of great rides and we've got lots of games coming in and Prospera's (Bank) been great to sponsor it. We're going to have their volunteers there, Sutton's volunteers, so there's lots of things going on for the families," said Funk.

"He (Santa) might land about noon," explained Funk. "Free pictures, everything's free."

According to Funk, First Avenue Christian Assemblies is going to do movies up on the wall.

"That's going to be a really cool addition and Desmond's lined up some great buskers."

"We're going to have magicians, live music and also a number of my friends, the mascots from the UFV Cascades as well as the great A&W Root Bear and Propera Beara he's going to be hanging out with us as well as Clover from the Chilliwack Fair." said Devnich who is working as one of the event coordinators.

The event is a first for the BIA but nonetheless, Funk expects a great turnout for the Carnival.

"We want hundreds of people to come out of course and mom can go shopping while the kids play in the Carnival... land.

It's all free and a good time for families to get out and enjoy, the community spirit, especially when budgets are tight for things like entertainment.

"Giving with the spirit of Christmas downtown, (at) all of our activities downtown, we've asked people if they can to bring a canned food good for the food bank," said Funk. "So we'd really love it if you'd come in, bring a canned good and that'd be maybe a giving-back to our great community."

The food bank would especially like peanut butter now and at any time of the year as it's an excellent source of protein, has a long shelf life and is excellent as survival food in cases of emergency.

The event starts at 11 A.M. at the corner of Yale Rd. and Princess Ave. and runs until about 5 P.M.

The Sutton Gingerbread Village is on display on that corner and The Festival of Trees is on display in the lobby of the Coast Hotel on First Ave.


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