Downtown Gets Set for Summerfest
Prince George, B.C. – It has become the prime event for Downtown Prince George, Summerfest, and it swings into action this Sunday.
Centred at 6th and George Streets, the annual event brings music, magic and fun to the core of Prince George and this year, there is something very different.
Downtown Prince George Executive Director, Colleen Van Mook says a natural setting in a green house is being set up to house nearly 600 Painted Lady butterflies. “We will be inviting people to walk through the butterfly house and see the beautiful butterflies” says Van Mook ” and at the end of the day, we’re going to be releasing all of the butterflies into our downtown”.
The butterflies come from Butterfly Wings ‘n Wishes out of Edmonton. Gloria Brons has been with that company for 16 years and says she wouldn’t be surprised if some of the butterflies find a way out before the big release “They are sneaky escape artists. I suspect some will make their way out of the house on backpacks or on someone’s head before the official release time.”
The Painted Lady butterfly is indigenous to this region, and once released, Brons says they will carry on as any wild butterfly would.
Then there’s a contest. “We’re asking people to fill out a survey as we ask some questions about the event” says Van Mook, “Then they can enter a draw for a flight for two to Victoria courtesy Pacific Coastal Airlines and a two night stay at the Accent Inn.”
This is the 6th year of Summerfest under the wing of Downtown Prince George. Executive Director Colleen Van Mook says the event is the signature event for downtown “What we really want to do is invite the community to come and spend some time downtown, celebrating our many activities.”
There are 45 exhibitors this year, as well as 23 restaurants taking part in the ever popular Taste Pavilion, which offers fest goers the opportunity to try some of the best of what local restaurants have to offer. But, the food is not free, you have to pre-purchase tickets in order to sample the fare. The Taste Pavilion is always a major hit, and to avoid line ups at the ticket booths during the day long event, it’s recommended you pre-purchase tickets which are available upstairs at Northern Hardware until Saturday.
Summerfest offers a Kidz Zone where there is a petting zoo, face painting, a magician a misting station, Exploration Place, Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum, Prince George Air Cadet Squadron 396 Glider, Two Rivers Gallery and the YMCA of Northern BC
The entertainment line up on the Main Stage starts at 11:15, while the action on the community stage gets underway at noon.
Summerfest runs from 11 am to 5pm “It’s a great downtown party where the whole community can be a part of it” says Van Mook. All that’s needed now is sunshine.