Teddy Bears on parade

Nanoose Bay event promises summer fun for the whole family

Annual Jazz and Cheesecake event slated to run at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm over the weekend

Annual Jazz and Cheesecake event slated to run at Parksville’s Morningstar Farm over the weekend

Local kids and their Teddy bears should make their way to the woods this Saturday, July 7 as the 21st annual Teddy Bear Picnic and Nanoose Days Parade kicks off.

The fun starts at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Nanoose Place hosted by the Lions, followed by a parade from the Nanoose Bay Fire Hall at 10:30.  The Teddy Bear Picnic runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will fill Jack Bagley Field to the brim with bouncy castles, pony rides, face painting, wagon rides and more. Each child will receive a passport upon arrival which will grant them a free hotdog, root beer and piece of cake. There will also be live local music, including some bluegrass performers during the picnic.

“It’ll be lots of fun for the kids,” said organizer Ken Bowerman, store manager of Quality Foods’ (QF) Qualicum branch. “It’s supposed to be a sunny day, [and] it’s on a grass field.”

QF is the main sponsor of the event but Bowerman said it takes many members of the community to make this event run, from corporate sponsors to volunteers.

Jack Bagley Field is located at the corner of Northwest Bay Rd. and Powder Point Rd. in Nanoose Bay. For more information call the Nanoose Bay Quality Foods at 250-468-7131.             — Lissa Alexander