Out of this world at­ten­dance

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY CAROLE MOR­RIS- UNDERHILL HANTSJOURNAL. CA

This year’s Uni­acke Fire­fight­ers Fair was truly out of this world.

The theme for the an­nual event was outer space, and par­tic­i­pants in the pa­rade em­braced the theme whole­heart­edly as many donned alien cos­tumes.

The 2018 Uni­acke Fire­fight­ers’ Fair was held over two days, June 22-23 and Capt. Shawn Darby, of the Uni­acke and Dis­trict Volunteer Fire Depart­ment, said the beau­ti­ful weather brought out great crowds.

“The tem­per­a­ture was com­fort­able Fri­day night and we had in­cred­i­bly clear skies for our fire­works dis­play at dusk. All of the rides and food were a huge hit with the crowd,” he noted in an email fol­low­ing the event. Cheer­lead­ers showed off their skills while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2018 Uni­acke Fire­fight­ers Fair pa­rade.

“We kicked off Satur­day with a huge pa­rade with many en­trants... and then the fair­grounds were open for a few hours be­fore crowds died off.”

Due to larger- than- ex­pected crowd sizes, the fair’s can­teen ran out of food and the vol­un­teers had to re­stock.

“Based on prior years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, we thought we had enough food to last for both menus, but ended up fall­ing a bit short,” Darby wrote. “Our sin­cer­est apolo­gies to those who weren’t able to get their food or who had to wait while we picked up more items, but we can’t pre­dict crowd size and our numbers were cer­tainly up much higher than we ex­pected.”

The fair fea­tured some­thing for all ages to en­joy, whether it was bingo, large in­flat­a­bles, or rides, or the fire­works dis­play or pa­rade.

For the past 60-plus years, this event has served as a fundraiser for the fire depart­ment.

There were a va­ri­ety of win­ners at the fair. Matthew Ban­field won the draw for the White Point Re­sort pack­age while Faye Pel­rine won a pool party and Joyce Swinamer won a rug.

The dunk tank win­ner was Adam Mum­ford.

The colour­ing con­test win­ners were Lexie Comeau, Tay­lor Smith, Brook­lyn Ever­son, and Jamie Cross­ley.

The fol­low­ing are the pa­rade win­ners:

• Best Outer Space Theme: first place: Tim Hor­tons; sec­ond: Uni­acke Scouts; third: PR Di­rect

• Best Chil­dren’s Theme: first place: Uni­acke Li­brary; sec­ond: Uni­acke Bap­tist Church; third: St Fran­cis Church

• Best Bike or Wagon: first place: Madelina Ben; sec­ond: An­thony Swinamer; third: Erin Mayka

• Best Dec­o­rated An­i­mal: first place: Ol­lie the Alien; sec­ond: John & San­dra Brooks; third: Vin­tage Sta­bles

• Best Outer Space Cos­tume: first place: Avery MacCaus­land; sec­ond: Re­beca Cross­ley; third: Satara Down

• Pa­rade Princess: S. Lynch

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

Pa­rade go­ers tried to shield them­selves from a cold wa­ter soak­ing when­ever the float car­ry­ing chil­dren rep­re­sent­ing the Uni­acke and Dis­trict Scout­ing As­so­ci­a­tion neared.

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

Fire­fighter John Kingston waves to the crowd as the Uni­acke Fire­fight­ers Fair pa­rade got un­der­way June 23.

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

Adults and chil­dren waved to pa­rade on­look­ers as they rolled down the main road in Mount Uni­acke June 23

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

There were some pretty out-of-this-world dis­plays dur­ing the 2018 Uni­acke Fire­fight­ers Fair pa­rade.

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

San­dra Au­coin and John Brooks em­braced the out-of-this-world theme.

CAROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

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