Tuesday July 13, 2010

Community Event


Perfect Party in the Park Premier

Annual event a big summer draw downtown

Craig Hill/Voice


his year the BIA's party in the park was bigger, better and badder than ever as hundreds of people crammed Central Community Park to capacity for Party in the Park last Friday.


It was the first event of the annual events in a series of eight set for Fridays throughout July and August at the Victoria Ave. and Young Rd. venue.


Emcee Trevor McDonald, was also a coorindator one of the coordinators of the event told the Voice things were going great at the event as the park filled to capacity.                                                                                                 


"We're blessed with the weather and I'll tell you something man, look at the people, what a great turnout for the first night," said McDonald.


He noted that there were fewer gaps in the audience bowl area compared to last year.


"We don't usually start until 7pm, we started it 2-hours earlier this year, and this would normally be a beginning crowd of about 45 people, so look at the difference we have this year," adding that "Last year, we had 40 vendors, this year we had 60 vendors."


They had more activities and fewer lineups. The Safeway Family Fun Zone play area for the kids was doubled in size over last year.


"We have sixteen more face painters," said McDonald. "Our family fun zone is twice as big as last year so everything is looking super."


Some reports had the crowd peaking at 4000 people, but McDonald wasn't sure of the night's numbers.


City hot spots like the new Gringo's Mexican restaurant on Mill St. were jumping where people took in the festivities from sidewalk tables overlooking the park.


The lineup included country solo singer AJ Woordworth and local band What About Bob treated fans to jazzy sounds of summer followed by the popular country band, "The Higgins", rocked the house with their unique style of roots country music.


There was a surprise flash mob dance where people strutted spontaneously in the area directly in front of the stage. An erroneous Facebook page had previously alluded to the dance which was initiated by the Chilliwack Players Guild.


The community event was the first of eight similar events happening throughout July and August at the downtown location. Hawaiian Night will be the next theme for the park party on July 16.


Coast Capital and Safeway were two of the main sponsors of this year's Party in the Park.


A hui hou! ("see you then" in Hawaiian)


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