Seafest 2015 drawing near

As the calendar turns from May to June, the focus of many on the North Coast turns to Seafest, which will be taking place from June 12-14.

As the calendar turns from May to June, the focus of many on the North Coast turns to Seafest, which will be taking place from June 12-14.

This year Seafest will pay tribute to the men and women who volunteer to keep boaters safe on the waters of Hecate Strait. As Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 64 Prince Rupert celebrates its 40th Anniversary, Seafest will pay tribute to the group with a co-theme of “Saving Lives on the Water”.

Seafest 2015 includes three days of activities that includes a mix of new events, old favourites and some big- time entertainment.

Among the events scheduled for Friday are the annual Seniors’ Tea, Music at Mariner’s and a blessing of the paddles created by those involved in the Friendship House’s Paddle for Wellness program.

Seafest Saturday activities include the Seafest Parade, wagon rides, Soapbox Derby races, a grass volleyball tournament, arm wrestling, a show and shine and more. That evening there will be two venues hosting live music acts as the Lester Centre presents Abba Tribute Band “Arrival” and the North Coast Convention Centre hosts Tina Turner tribute artist Louisa Marshall.

Seafest will wrap up at the waterfront on Sunday with events including the Swim for Survival, the finals of the Quick and Daring, kayak fire drills, the sailpast and flypast and the new Harley Riders Rodeo and canoe tug-of-war.

The final event of Seafest, the Sunset Memoria Service, will pay tribute to those who were lost at sea or those who dedicated their life to working on the water.

Look for a full list of events in next week’s issue of the Northern View.