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Old-fashioned small-town fun at Egmont Day

Old-fashioned small-town fun at Egmont Day

The community of Egmont may be small, but it has a mighty heart. Its long-running community day, celebrated the first Saturday in June, shows the beat is strong and healthy.

Kicking off with a traditional Kids’ Fishing Derby from the government dock at 9:30 a.m. and finishing up with a bang-up dance at the community hall set to wind up at 1 a.m., Egmont Day offers entertainment and activities for all ages.

Join the Egmonsters as they gather along the perimeter of the central park to watch the passing parade. Everyone is welcome to participate – and almost everyone does. Parade entries assemble in the parking lot of Egmont Heritage Centre (across the street from the trailhead to Skookumchuck Rapids) at 11 a.m.; the parade starts at 11:30.

Throughout the afternoon, enjoy barbecued burgers and hot dogs in the park while watching the kids play a variety of games, or listening to the down-home sound of Katie and the Cornpones.

Take the closest-to-the-pin one-shot golf challenge. Pender Harbour Golf Club generously donated the top prize of an 18-hole round of golf for two.

Dinner is served at 6 p.m. at the community hall, followed by a Thrift Store Fashion Show. Then dance to the bluesy tunes of El Vago Soul, who promise to keep the town on its feet until 1 a.m.

Accommodations include rustic campsites at Klein Lake, B&Bs, rooms at Bathgate Resort or the Backeddy, and affordable luxury at West Coast Wilderness Lodge. So much to discover in beautiful downtown Egmont!

Heather Jeal

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