By Dan Walton
You better hope your weekend isnt booked two days of thrills are coming to life through Radium Days on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th.
The annual event will be kicked off by the traditional Radium Days parade through Main Street West, which begins at 6:00 p.m., which will showcase the community with colourful floats from your favourite local organizations.
The 2013 Radium Days will also introduce the Cram the Cruiser initiative, a food collection campaign in which non-parishable food items will benefit the Columbia Valley Food Bank. Cram the Cruiser is being sponsored by the Columbia Valley RCMP, as well as the Rotary Clubs from both Invermere and Radium.
People on the parade route are encouraged to have food items, read staff sargeant Marko Shehovacs police report. And when the cruiser comes by with the doors open, cram the cruiser with food and it will be delivered to the food bank.
Following the parade, a rock show will be happening at the community hall as L8 takes the stage around 6:30 p.m. There, a barbecue will be hosted by the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, and a community market will be arranged. Once the sun goes down, the first evening of Radium Days will wind down as fireworks take place at the Legends Field.
Once the sun is up again, Radium Days continues, as Canfor celebrates its 75th anniversary by offering a free community pancake breakfast at the community hall between 8 a.m. and 9:30.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Legends Field, Radium Days will hosting an event for the first time the BritsBest Car Show, showcasing dazzling vehicles with retro appeal.
Following the car show will be the BritsBest Funkhana, where unique skillsets will be challenged. There will be a caber toss, a fishing game and a hoola hoop challenge.
In each case the driver and passenger work together to score the most points, the winner receiving a much coveted trophy, said Tourism Radium events co-ordinator Kara Cassidy. Residents and visitors are invited to line the street and cheer on their favourite cars.
An entertainment area will be set up for children, providing lazer tag and live music from Smarty Pants.
Wood carving demonstrations and an auction by Rolf the Wood Carver will be taking place throughout Saturday, and an adults-only hypnotist will be performing at the community hall at 8 p.m., with $30 admission charge.
Give the Radium visitor information centre a call if you have any questions at 250-347-9331.