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Creston celebrates 100 years

Creston turns 100 this year and the town has many events lined up to help the community celebrate.

The events kicked off with the 100 Years of Ice Sports Exhibit in March and will really pick up in May with the upcoming Blossom Festival.

Creston town councillor Denise Dumas says there will be many events the community can take part in.

“The Centennial Advanced Advisory Committee has been working hard for the last two years to plan and put on these events,” explained Dumas.

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“On the actual day of incorporation, which was May 14, 1934, when Creston was incorporated as a village, we have our council meeting that Tuesday. So, we will have a special council meeting with many surprises. And, of course, the public is welcome to attend.”

That evening, there will be a drone show at the Creston and District Community Centre to celebrate the Centennial.

Dumas says May will be an activity-filled month.

“The volunteers of the Blossom Festival Committee are bringing back the Midway Carnival this year. Then, for the opening ceremony, we have a production called the 100 Years of Music which will feature the last 100 years of music with our local musicians.”

A few of the musicians include the Creston Community Band, the Blossom Valley Singers, and more.

Additionally, during the Blossom Festival Weekend from May 17 to the 20, the Creston Valley Youth Network has partnered with the Creston Valley Museum to host a scavenger hunt on Saturday afternoon.

There will be a parade that morning, a concert with BCDC that evening, and tons of fun to be had at the Midway Carnival throughout the weekend.

From May 10 to the 12, birders will flock to the valley for the annual Creston Valley Bird Festival.

The Footlighters Theatre Society has written a play called 1925: IncorporationOff the Rail and will present it from June 20 to the 23.

“Now I do believe that they are still in need of actors,” said Dumas.

“So anybody out there who wants to be a part of the community play, please contact Jason Smith.”

Dumas adds there will also be art popping up throughout the valley.

“Crestoramics has stepped up and is helping us with the Community Art Project. We have gotten wooden birds cut out for a silhouette and we will be getting those birds up and painted.”

Dumas says they have had a lot of help from their sponsors.

“We received a grant from the Canadian Heritage Grant and the Creston Community Foundations has provided money to support the Community Art Project Crestoramics is doing. FortisBC is supporting the drone show.”

“We really appreciate those organizations that have stepped up to help us.”

Dumas adds they’re excited to see the community come together to celebrate the Centennial.

“We’re looking forward to seeing many from the community
and having fun and celebrating this historical event this year.”

A full list of events that will be continuously updated throughout the year can be found on the town’s website.

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