By Joshua Estabrooks

Special to The Pioneer

Butterflies, barn dance, country fair; if those words dont peak your interest and inspire your harvest spirit then you should probably stay home on Saturday October 4th while the rest of the valley attends the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valleys 2nd Annual Butterfly Barn Dance and Old Fashioned Country Fair.

This stand-out event will be held up at K2 Ranch and kicks off with a country fair complete with vendors, games, blacksmith tours, a food canteen and much much more. The fair is open to the public by donation (suggested $5 per person or $20 for a family), but you will have to have purchased your dance ticket in advance for $25 to boogie with the butterflies. Local band, Valley Forged, will be the entertainment at the barn dance, as well as local MC Dave McGrath, who will make sure the evening flutters on into the night without a hitch. The dance begins at 7 p.m. and is an adult-only event. Tickets can be purchased at Smoking Waters in Fairmont, Meet on Higher Ground in Radium and at All things Beautiful, Sobeys, or the Hospice Office in Invermere. All proceeds from the events will go directly to support the Hospice Society. The organization puts on four events throughout the year, coinciding with the changing seasons, a strong theme within the group.

The society doesnt operate out of a specific building, but rather functions as a visiting service that meets with their clients in their homes, from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen.

The Hospice Society is a very active group, with a current roster of 21 trained visitors, who last month alone, made 88 visits. Anyone who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness can qualify for hospice services, and the society is in the beginning stages of a bereavement program, which will include visits to families who have lost loved ones.

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