The History of Cherryville Day/s
At the April 1963 meeting of the Cherryville Community Club, Ernie Laviolette proposed the idea of having a special day of fun and recreation for the residents of Cherryville. At that time, the president was Joe Myers and the secretary was Charlie Sihlis. The idea was accepted and a committee, consisting of Ernie Laviolette, Fred Burrows, Eugene Foisy, Charlie Sihlis, Ruth Sihlis and Earl & Shirley Young, was formed. Marilyn (Sihlis) Laviolette and Diane (Young) Rouck were also involved.
The first Cherryville Day was held on the 6th of June, 1963, on the grounds of Earl & Shirley Young’s property, at the corner of North Fork Road and Highway 6. Miss Cherryville 1962, Patty Burrows, opened the day with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon. Events started at 10:00am with races for the kids, followed by races for the adults. Other events included logging, gymkhana, Bingo, craft displays, Horseshoes, Tug o’ War, and later in the afternoon there was a softball game. A concession stand was available and run by The Thibeaults (owners of a local coffee shop). Some residents chose to bring a picnic lunch for their families. An estimated crowd of 300 enjoyed the day participating, watching the events and mingling with friends and neighbours.
There was a first-time-ever children’s dance, with only kids allowed on the dance floor. Local band, The Midnight Ramblers, supplied the music. This was a huge success. The Midnight Ramblers continued by playing for the adult dance that followed. It rocked the old log hall with about 230 people enjoying themselves. Marilyn Sihlis was crowned by Patty Burrows as the new Miss Cherryville at midnight.
The day was a huge success and it was decided that it should become an annual event. Over the years, Cherryville Day was expanded to two days, and then to three days with Friday evening events.
Saturday, June 3
8:00am-10:00am Pancake Breakfast at Cherryville Community Hall
10:00am Drop off "Wing Off" Barbecue Cooking Competition
at Tea Garden. Sign-up sheets at Frank's Store and Emporium, or call Mike Vaillancourt at 250-351-4088.
Minimum of 40 wings - can be pre-marinated or sauced after cooking; multiple entries allowed with 40 of each flavour; no entry fee, must supply own wings (barbecue, plates and trays provided); cooking will commence after the Outhouse Races at 3:00pm; judging by Beer Garden patrons; winner will split proceeds with the Community Club and have bragging rights.
10:00am Drop off Baking Contest at Tea Garden
Categories: Adults: Pies (fruit or cream), Bread (sweet or savoury), Cake (best "wingin it" decorations); Kids: Cupcakes (best "wingin it" decorations), Cookies.
11:00am-4:00am Valhalla Helicopter Rides
Get an aerial view of Cherryville.
Flights will be taking off from
79 Specht Road, next door to the
Cherryville Community Hall.
$60 per person for 10 minute ride.
The team at Valhalla Helicopters is
experienced, personable and puts safety first.
11:00am-6:00pm Food Vendors
11:00am Parade Line-Up at Cherryville Emporium
Please register - use this Registration Form ----------------
or call Leslie Klatt at 778-212-1492.
11:00am-4:00pm Tea Garden
11:30am Parade Judging
12:00pm Cherryville Days Parade departs from Emporium
for Cherryville School.
12:00pm-4:00pm Market Vendors
12:00pm-5:00pm Jump n Jax Entertainment Bouncy Castle, etc.
12:30-1:00pm Pet Show starts after the Parade
Categories are: Best Trick, Owner/Pet Look-Alike, Best Behaved, Most Unusual, Best Dressed.
12:30pm Show n Shine at Arena.
12:30pm-6:00pm Beer Garden
1:30pm Bingo at the Old Bandstand
1:00pm-5:00pm Child Minding by donation, at Playground
1:00pm-5:00pm Imagination Tent
1:00pm Talent Show
2:00pm Outhouse Races
Meet immediately after the Parade to discuss race details. All racers must have helmets and footwear. Elbow/knee pads are optional but highly recommended.
3:00pm Bike Races
Meet at the trail head near the Rink.
Must wear helmet. Racers will be sorted into age/ability groups.
3:00pm "Wing Off" Barbecue Cooking Competition at Beer Garden
3:00pm-6:00pm Live Music at Main Stage
"J Solemn Band" - revival Folk soaked in 60s songwriter soul; "Volunteers" - local Psychedelic Country; "Local Smoke & Co." - a local Country outfit; and Dave Deuling's band.
9:00pm-1:00am Cherryville Days Dance at Cherryville Community Hall
Live music by The Goods. Advance tickets only, $15 - available at Cherryville Emporium, Frank's General Store; and in Lumby at Jitter Beans Coffee House. NO minors.
Sunday, June 4
9:30am Horseshoes Registration
10:00am Horseshoes Tournament
10:00am-3:00pm Food Vendors
11:00am-4:00pm Valhalla Helicopter Rides (See details above.)
11:00am-2:00pm Zorb Full Body Soccer Balls
11:00am-4:00pm Beer Garden
11:00am-12:00pm Kiki The Eco Elf kids entertainment
12:00pm-3:00pm Face Painting by Kiki The Eco Elf
1:00pm-4:00pm Open Jam on the Main Stage
1:00pm-4:00pm Child Minding by donation, at Playground
1:30pm Bingo at the Old Bandstand
2:00pm Family Games
3:00pm-4:30pm Treasure Hunt
3:00pm Adult Softball at Cherryville Elementary School
4:30pm Community Dinner at Tea Garden
Pig Roast or Homemade Vegetarian Lasagne
Includes Baked Potato & Trimmings, Baked Beans & Bun, Pasta Salad, Caesar Salad, cake, and beverage.
Advance tickets $10, available Saturday at the Tea Garden
and on Sunday at Horseshoes.