Past years’ Billie Bouchie Day Celebrations have made for vibrant, festive occasions. Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society photo

3rd Annual Billie Bouchie Day Celebration coming up fast

Billie Bouchie and Billy Barker will both be at the event

Join us on May 25, 2019 to take a step back into history and enjoy a walk along the Telegraph Trail.

The third annual Billie Bouchie Day Celebration will be held at the Bouchie Lake Recreation Grounds from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free to the public. The opening ceremonies and parade start at 10 a.m.

May 27, 2019 marks 117 years since Lizette and William Boucher (Billie Bouchie) pre-empted 320 acres of land in the area thereby becoming Bouchie Lake’s first permanent settlers.

The events will focus on coming together through celebrating our community’s history with an emphasis on the contribution that the Metis, First Nations and early settlers made to the development of the region.

It will be a fun filled, history packed day. There will be demonstrations and displays, including gold panning demonstrations. Pack horses, gymkhana, sled dogs, draft horses, antique machinery plus a memento tent will be erected displaying Bouchie Lake history.

We are honoured to have Billy Barker join us this year, no telling what hi-jinks he and Billie Bouchie may get up to.

The Billy Battle starts at 4:30 — don’t miss it! We are so pleased this year to have magician and illusionist Jesaja Class from Nemaiah Valley performing on the main stage at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for two, half-hour shows that you won’t want to miss.

Local country band Cariboo Thunder will also be taking to the main stage, as well as Metis Dancers. There will also be spoon playing demonstrations and native dancers, plus a lot more.

If you get hungry stop by one of the food trucks, grab a snack and join Garth East and Eddie DeSouza in the tea tent at noon and 5 p.m. for ragtime piano and a sing along.

There will be a silent auction, a raffle for a kayak, and various vendors about the grounds for your buying pleasure.

We would like to add a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful people who contributed to this event: we are so grateful for everyone.

Look for the posters about town or check us out on Facebook or our website. Hope to see you all on May 25.

Colleen Combs is the event coordinator for the Billie Bouchie Day Celebration.

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