For the 45th year running, Yarrow is hosting Yarrow Days to celebrate small-town living. The two-day event this weekend is a chance to play in the park, have a barbecue, dance to live music, and catch up on gossip.
“It’s just good down-home fun,” said Carol Bell, from the Yarrow Volunteer Society.
Under this year’s theme of multiculturalism, 40-50 floats and performers will participate in a 45-minute parade, leaving Yarrow Community School at 10 a.m. This is the only annual parade remaining in Chilliwack. The floats are always unexpected, said Bell.
In preparation for the event, organizers are cooking up 1,000 hamburgers, and 200 servings of farmer’s sausage.
The 1,000 expected visitors will enjoy a range of activities on Saturday, including a fun run at Yarrow Fitness at 8 a.m., free pancake and sausage breakfast at the Canadian Reformed Church until 10 a.m., zumba, hip hop, and belly dancers from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and crafts and kids’ games throughout the day.
Bhangra dancers will perform a routine, and Chilliwack Senior Secondary students will play steel drums and jazz. Local production company Tractor Grease Multimedia Presents will feature an original performance.
On Saturday night, there will be a fire-roasted pork supper, and a dance to local band Head Over Heels, at Yarrow community hall. Tickets are available at Yarrow Deli Co-op (42300 Yarrow Central Road) for $25. Funds raised benefit the Yarrow Volunteer Society.
On Sunday, the Yarrow United Mennonite Church will provide a breakfast at Yarrow Community Centre 8–11 a.m. There will also be a community church service at Yarrow Pioneer Park starting at 10 a.m., rain or shine.