Anything goes at Errington parade

Hi Neighbour Day takes place in Errington this Saturday, Aug 16 starting with pancakes at 8 a.m.

At Errington’s Hi Neighbour Day you can expect everything from a soap box derby for zucchinis to the world’s smallest parade all taking place in the heart of Errington Saturday

At Errington’s Hi Neighbour Day you can expect everything from a soap box derby for zucchinis to the world’s smallest parade all taking place in the heart of Errington Saturday

BRENDA GOUGH

News Contributor

Neighbours and friends in Errington are getting together on Saturday to celebrate the community and raise funds for the Errington War Memorial Hall.

The 45th annual Hi Neighbour Day August 16 offers something for everyone in the family and proceeds raised at the event pay for the repair and maintenance of the Errington War Memorial Hall.

Built as a memorial to those who died in World War 1, the hall opened its doors in March 1922 and continues to be maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers. A full day of activities is planned August 16 with everything from a soap box derby for zucchinis to the world’s smallest parade.

It kicks off with a pancake breakfast prepared by members of the Errington Volunteer Fire Department flipping flap jacks and frying up sausages from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there is an arts and crafts display which showcases the fine work done by Erringtonites of all ages.

At 11 a.m. crowds will gather in the community park for the 6th annual Greater Errington Zucchini Race on the ball field next to the farmers market. The soap box derby for zucchinis with wheels is sure to be entertaining as zucchinis race down the ramp to glory or grief.

Bob Herbison, who is one of the organizers of the annual fundraiser, said there is a new and improved ramp for the event.

“It now has room for four racers at once instead of two, as well there is a jump.”

He added there will now be a finish line tape to determine the winner instead of the longest distance achieved.   Prizes will be awarded for the first squash car to cross the finish line and the most creative design.

Entrants will compete in youth and adult divisions, fuelling their entries with creativity to take home the prize for fastest and best in show.

You must bring your zucchini to the field at 10:30 a.m. if you want to race.

A special Errington Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature music, fresh produce, local crafts and great food.The Hi Neighbour Parade reputed to be the worlds shortest will start at 12:30 p.m. making its way from the old Elementary School site on Grafton, around the corner and down Errington Road to the hall.

Herbison said there is always an eclectic mix of participants that take part in the parade.

“It’s anything goes,” agreed Herbison. “Often there are people driving tractors and people with pick-ups and straw bails and kids in the back, kids riding tricycles and people on stilts… you name it.”

Follow the parade down to the hall, have some lunch, served up by the ladies from the Hall Association, then relax and enjoy the hi-jinx on stage as the Variety Show takes over at 1:30 p.m. The afternoon will also feature a goods and services live and silent auction with something for everyone from homemade wine, to firewood or manure for your garden.

During the many goings-on in the hall, children can head down to the pre-school for activities or participate in outdoor games and activities at the ball field with a crew from the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Parks & Recreation department.

The day winds up at 9 p.m. with an all-ages Hi Neighbour dance featuring the roots flavoured rock band The Matinée and special guest A.J. Woodworth.

 

Tickets for the dance are $20 and must be purchased in advance at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, The Errington General Store, and Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An acre of the former ‘Bus Garage’ property has been sold to Naked Naturals Whole Foods Ltd. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Qualicum Beach sells prime downtown property to Naked Naturals for $2.75M

Town to retain more than an acre of land for development of public amenities

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)
Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Parksville area this weekend

Snow to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)
Vancouver Island smashes COVID-19 high: 47 new cases in a day

Blowing past previous records, Vancouver Island is not matching B.C.s downward trend

Colin Springford expressed his thanks following a birthday truck parade that was held for him on his 75th birthday on April 10, 2020. (Submitted photo)
Longtime Nanoose Bay farmer Colin Springford dies at age 75

‘He will be deeply missed, always loved and never forgotten’

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

The cost of potentially counting deer regionwide was among the issues that prompted Capital Regional District committee members to vote against pursuing a greater CRD role in deer management. (Black Press Media file photo)
Expanded deer management a non-starter for Greater Victoria

Capital Regional District committee maintains current level of support

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Jan. 21 marks the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century, according to some. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century is upon us

Milestone won’t be back for another 100 years

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Aquaculture employee from Vancouver Island, Michelle, poses with a comment that she received on social media. Facebook group Women in Canadian Salmon Farming started an online campaign #enoughisenough to highlight the harassment they were facing online after debates about Discovery Islands fish farms intensified on social media. (Submitted photo)
Female aquaculture employees report online bullying, say divisive debate has turned sexist

Vancouver Island’s female aquaculture employees start #enoughisenough to address misogynistic comments aimed at them

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Most Read