The third annual Garrison Village Festival is Saturday, Aug. 26. (Submitted photo)

Garrison Village Festival gets party started in Chilliwack

South-side block party returns for a third year for a full day of free community-driven fun on Aug. 26

Soak in the sights, sounds, and sunshine of the Garrison Village Festival this weekend.

This south-side favourite returns for its third year welcoming locals and visitors alike for a full day of free community-driven fun. It all takes place Saturday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The block-party event features endless shopping opportunities from a selection of talented artisans and village-based retailers, live entertainment, kids’ activities, face painting, a bouncy castle, fun and games from local community groups, food trucks, prizes, and more, all in the heart of Garrison Village (at the corner of Vedder and Keith Wilson roads).

Embracing the spirit of shopping local, a selection of artisans will showcase their craft. Coordinated in part by the Chilliwack Community Arts Council, these talented creators will offer a full range of original artwork including unique adornments and décor for body and home, skin pampering delights, and taste-bud pleasing culinary creations.

Headlining the community stage entertainment from 2 to 5 p.m., Judy Tuesday will transport eventgoers back to the rockin’ ’60s and ’70s with their mix of upbeat hits. Featuring a quartet of the Chilliwack Player’s Guild’s finest — Stu Coleman on bass, Clint Hames on guitar, Judy Hill on keyboards, and Phil Mulholland on drums — this group shares a passion for some of music’s most energetic eras.

A vibrant set of local community groups including Excel Martial Arts, Capella Dance Academy, and Ever After Princesses will accent the stage throughout the day.

Keeping the young ones entertained, the festival’s ever-popular kids’ zone returns with hands-on activities and crafts, as well as an inflatable bouncy castle and high-energy basketball toss fun.

A short walk from the main festivities, families can pack their swimsuits and cool down with the Cheam Centre’s Toonie swim, either before the main event (8-10 a.m.) or after the festival excitement (5-7 p.m.).

In return for a non-perishable food or cash donation dropped off at the tent, colourful face painting will be offered by the Envision Financial team, with proceeds supporting The Full Cupboard program. Designed to raise food, funds, and awareness for the Salvation Army’s Chilliwack Community Food Bank, The Full Cupboard, ensures 100 per cent of donations stay in our city to help those in need.

People are asked to walk to the festival site, if possible, as parking is limited. Overflow parking will be provided by the University of the Fraser Valley in Lot 7 of Chilliwack’s Canada Education Park.

To find out more about the third annual Garrison Village Festival, visit the Garrison Village Chilliwack Facebook page or email GarrisonVillageEvents@shaw.ca.

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