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The Lucky Strike Festival (LSF) has wrapped for another year and the buzz around the community is that it was a great celebration. 

Although there were periods of rain, the temperatures were high and the sun was shining for most of the weekend.

The five-day event began with a meet and greet for families during the afternoon at the James Hornell Boys and Girls Club (JHBGC). Although not a big crowd, those who did attend enjoyed some music, a game or two of bingo and a nutritious snack prepared by the summer students and staff. 

The parking lot at Lakeside Academy was filled with supporters as the Buchans Lions Club held their Festival bingo game there.

Over a dozen children took part in the t-ball and soccer event at the ball field as well. Later, the community bonfire across from the ball field later in the day gave more people a social activity while enjoying the evening and chatting with friends and visitors. The kids were treated to hot dogs and soft drinks at the Buchans Lions Club.

Friday’s schedule included dances for every age group – a chance to socialize and get some exercise as well. A deluge of rain during the evening and night dampened everything but Saturday again dawned with great weather for the annual LSF parade. 

The number of participants was high in this year’s parade. The parade began at the former ASARCO parking lot and ended at Lakeside Academy where the Carnival Day was taking place during the afternoon. Business was brisk at the bouncy pirate ship sponsored by Tech Resources. Inside the gym vendors sold books, baked goods, knitted goods, fudge, handmade greeting cards and cotton candy.  There were games of chance and a good old-fashioned cake walk too.

A couple dozen nergetic men and women took part in a softball tournament Saturday afternoon – enough for two teams to duke it out. Everyone had a chance to relax and socialize later at the adult dance held in the curling club. The special Lions Club bingo was televised in the evening requiring no extra effort than to dab the numbers called.

The Sunday afternoon beach day sponsored by the JHBGC was given a great splash by Mother Nature Sunday afternoon – but only a short one. Just as the event began a great downpour soaked the beach area, while a few short kilometres away in Buchans the sun was shining. For the remainder of the afternoon, the beach goers enjoyed the sun, the (almost frigid) water, the music and the barbecue set up for snacks.  Those who dared to get into Red Indian Lake were few – mostly children running in, getting wet for a while and heading back to cover up with towels or blankets.

 Nevertheless, everyone enjoyed their time together as a lot of three-generation families (parents, their children and grandchildren) had fun.

The 2016 LSF wrapped up its schedule with a Garden Party at the A. M. Guy Health Care Centre on Monday afternoon.

 

Although there were periods of rain, the temperatures were high and the sun was shining for most of the weekend.

The five-day event began with a meet and greet for families during the afternoon at the James Hornell Boys and Girls Club (JHBGC). Although not a big crowd, those who did attend enjoyed some music, a game or two of bingo and a nutritious snack prepared by the summer students and staff. 

The parking lot at Lakeside Academy was filled with supporters as the Buchans Lions Club held their Festival bingo game there.

Over a dozen children took part in the t-ball and soccer event at the ball field as well. Later, the community bonfire across from the ball field later in the day gave more people a social activity while enjoying the evening and chatting with friends and visitors. The kids were treated to hot dogs and soft drinks at the Buchans Lions Club.

Friday’s schedule included dances for every age group – a chance to socialize and get some exercise as well. A deluge of rain during the evening and night dampened everything but Saturday again dawned with great weather for the annual LSF parade. 

The number of participants was high in this year’s parade. The parade began at the former ASARCO parking lot and ended at Lakeside Academy where the Carnival Day was taking place during the afternoon. Business was brisk at the bouncy pirate ship sponsored by Tech Resources. Inside the gym vendors sold books, baked goods, knitted goods, fudge, handmade greeting cards and cotton candy.  There were games of chance and a good old-fashioned cake walk too.

A couple dozen nergetic men and women took part in a softball tournament Saturday afternoon – enough for two teams to duke it out. Everyone had a chance to relax and socialize later at the adult dance held in the curling club. The special Lions Club bingo was televised in the evening requiring no extra effort than to dab the numbers called.

The Sunday afternoon beach day sponsored by the JHBGC was given a great splash by Mother Nature Sunday afternoon – but only a short one. Just as the event began a great downpour soaked the beach area, while a few short kilometres away in Buchans the sun was shining. For the remainder of the afternoon, the beach goers enjoyed the sun, the (almost frigid) water, the music and the barbecue set up for snacks.  Those who dared to get into Red Indian Lake were few – mostly children running in, getting wet for a while and heading back to cover up with towels or blankets.

 Nevertheless, everyone enjoyed their time together as a lot of three-generation families (parents, their children and grandchildren) had fun.

The 2016 LSF wrapped up its schedule with a Garden Party at the A. M. Guy Health Care Centre on Monday afternoon.

 

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