Huge turnout for parade

Teddy Bear Picnic raised funds for fire department and church

Kids of all ages thoroughly enjoyed the annual Teddy Bear Picnic and parade

Kids of all ages thoroughly enjoyed the annual Teddy Bear Picnic and parade

Nanoose Bay Quality Foods store manager Ken Bowerman says “It was the best one ever,” with an estimated 3,000 people turning out for the Annual Teddy Bear Picnic and Nanoose Days Parade last weekend.

The Quality Foods-sponsored event sees funds raised for the Nanoose Bay Fire Department and the Christ Church.

Bowerman said, “Folks just kept coming all day, our huge cake was gone by 12:30 p.m. and we had lots of visitors from as far away as Victoria.”

The event kicked off with a pancake breakfast, and a community parade that Bowerman described as “The little parade with lots of heart.”

One hundred and fifty volunteers were on hand to help serve up hot dogs, ice cream, cake and chips.

In particular, participating children enjoyed the popular “bear-a-chute.”

That’s not all. Young people and their families were treated to a few magical hours of entertainment, educational activities and fun for their furry friends.

— News staff-