Children came in droves, along with their adults in tow.
The summer sunshine seemed custom ordered to make the 2nd Annual Quesnel Children’s Festival a blazing success, with all the amenities of LeBourdais Park in operation.
The waterspray park was animated in gleeful screams and laughter, the Friendship Stage had a lineup of family-friendly performers, and the surrounding greenspace was busy with information and activities for all ages.
The entertainment lineup started following the Lhtako Dene Nation’s territorial welcome by Ellie Peters at 10 a.m. The first music was played by the Quesnel Community Band to kick off the collection of events. The Shimmy Superstar Dancers came next, then flamboyant Bollywood dancer Karima Essa, who also came back in the afternoon for a second set. An Indigenous performance by Kwatna Mountain happened just before a hearty lunch.
The afternoon entertainment consisted of Andy The Musical Scientist, the duo of Layla-Moore, and popular local band Kordaroy.
Many local organizations and agencies were on-site with their own fun additions to the sunny atmosphere. The whole array was a presentation of the Quesnel Community Arts Council.