It’s the last weekend of The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition (Beachfest) and it will go off with a bang.
Saturday will see pop/folk group Marry Me from Vancouver perform at 1 p.m. at Parksville’s Gazebo on the beach, followed by Irish folk group Outlander at 6:30 p.m.
Circus performer Jake West will perform prior to the fireworks, as well as VestaFire Entertainment with a fire and light show.
The fireworks are set to make a bang at around 9:30 and will be simulcast with music from 1982, the year Quality Foods (QF) got started, said marketing director Rob MacKay. The music will be broadcast at Parksville Community Park as well as on the radio station 88.5 FM The Beach for people to enjoy from their vehicles while watching the show.
McKay said the company that puts on fireworks for QF is world class and does an excellent job. The reason they put the fireworks display on to cap off Beachfest is because it puts an exclamation point on the festivities and appeals to all ages, he said.
“It appeals to everyone from small children to grandparents, teenage kids and everyone in between. You’ll see entire families down there enjoying it and that’s kinda what we’re all about.”