Saturday September 18, 2010

Community Life

Mission: Merriment

Chilliwack Alliance Church Family Fun Day

Staff/Voice photos


here isn't any other parking lot in Chilliwack with the kind of fun offered last Saturday at the Chilliwack Alliance Church on Young Rd. and if Jesus were alive today, chances are he would have been there. Nonetheless his presence was felt through the army of volunteers from the community church.

The church held their annual Family Fun Day last Saturday and good times were had by all to say the least. Even with all the other church events happening, it wasn't hard to fill the big parking lot with people there to spend the day with the kids. Best of all it was free.

To start off the morning, the church offered up big beautiful breakfasts free for everyone, and while chowing down on that, folks were entertained by Dying To Live who performed from a stage on a semi trailer set up at the southeast side of the big lot.

Later, Kris and Nicki Werner picked up where Dying To Live left off and put on a great show. Steve "Elvis Elite" Elliot, Trevor McDonald and The Young Street Band also made appearances on stage.

At the fair were a myriad of activities and things to do for the kids. Pony rides, fish catching, bounce castles, pedal cars, midway games, a mini car show, "Blown Income" monster truck, Fire Fit Team Demonstration, a magic show by Damian Carriere plus a prayer tent and other interesting kiosks.

Finally there was a car giveaway to Chilliwack single mother Sheri Connolly who drove away with a 1998 Toyota Camry and insurance for a year donated by Valley Toyota.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz told the Voice that "We really appreciate what the Alliance Church does when they put on their Family Fun Fair."

"It draws people from the community and people who would never walk into a church come out and the Alliance Church graciously feeds people and the kids get to play and its really just a nice feeling of community when you walk onto their church lot and see everyone having a good time, so kudos to them for reaching out to the community and remembering that there are some people who don't go to church for a variety of reasons but can still appreciate an event like that."

Mike Gass with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was at the fair for some fishing fun teaching kids things like how to bait a hook and angle for trout.

"We come to events like this and we also do a lot of things like the Learn to Fish program in Abbotsford," said Gass.

Dozens of rainbow trout from the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford swam in a tight circle inside the swimming pool while children hovered above them hoping for a bite. Only the fish weren't biting at the time the Voice was there. Gass said it's most likely because the fish were a little stressed from being moved in on two tank trucks from the hatchery earlier in the day.

"They haven't been fed for the last couple of days and hopefully they'll start biting pretty quick," he said.

When a trout is caught from the pool, it's released back into the pool.

"These fish are going back to the hatchery and then into a lake eventually," explained Gass.

The FV Hatchery raises rainbow, steelhead and cutthroat trout and have school and group tours.

The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery (FVTH) opened in the fall of 1977 and stocks about 150 BC lakes and streams with rainbow, cutthroat and steelhead trout each year.

The Visitor Centre at the hatchery has interactive displays and computer games. Take a journey through a living stream and learn about their habitat as well as conservation methods and the management of freshwater fish.

The hatchery located at 34345 Vye Rd. and is open Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm. For tours call: 604-504-4709 or e-mail here.

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