August 07, 2013 - 8:30 AM
KAMLOOPS – After years without a community celebration to call its own, Overlanders Day is now giving the North Shore community a reason to come together and celebrate this month.
It has been a number of years since the community has had a dedicated celebration and administrative coordinator Mary Ellen Grant says the event will be a return to the roots of the North Shore.
“The North Shore was certainly independent before the amalgamation. We have ties to the Overlanders,” Grant says. “This is our return to celebrating our North Shore, our people.”
Overlanders Day will take place at McDonald Park on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature kids activities, a pioneer area, Taste of the North Shore, business expo and live entertainment. Local artists Art Pruce and Johanna McIvor will be performing, as will the local Filipino dancers and several fitness and martial arts groups will hold demonstrations throughout the day.
Grant is most excited about the fitness demonstrations, which showcases many of the North Shore fitness businesses, and the Taste of the North Shore event. The tasting event, which will require the purchase of tickets, features restaurants from the community including many cultural options.
“The North Shore is all about people, all about culture,” Grant says. “There will be quite a few opportunities to try out different cultural food, to explore flavours.”
Mike Ward, owner of Reubin's Diner said during the announcement he is excited about the food element of the festival as well.
“We have a great restaurant culture on the North Shore and we want to show if off,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for North Shore restaurants to get exposure and promote our product.”
Some of the proceeds from the food fair will go towards Meals on Wheels as well.
“That's what the North Shore is about,” Ward said. “Neighbours helping neighbours.”
Grant says holding the festival at McDonald Park makes sense as it is one of the most utilized family parks in the city from what she has seen. She often walks by and sees every corner of the park being utilized, thanks in part to the hard work of the community to renew the park.
“Come rediscover us,” Grant says. “It's a great event, an opportunity to present the North Shore, to showcase the beautification and continue fostering relations we already have.”
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