Langford Day rolls out Saturday at City Centre
This Saturday from sun up to sun down, Langford will be rocking with excitement.
Langford Day, an annual celebration, is back with fun activities bursting from its seams.
The day begins with a pancake breakfast hosted by West Shore RCMP at City Centre Park.
The breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the meal is by donation. All proceeds will go towards the Tour de Rock.
Throughout the day anglers will be fishing in hopes of reeling in the big one for a chance to win the fishing derby. The weigh in will be at 4 p.m. at City Centre Park.
Starting at 10 a.m. the Westhills Langford Summer Festival Parade, with 45 floats and entries, will start its journey through town.
“We are very happy with the (float) turnout. There are six more than last year,” said Rohan Rupf, marketing director of Keycorp consulting, the lead consultant for Westhills.
The parade will leave City Centere Park at 10 a.m. and travel along Langford Parkway, up Jacklin Road, down Goldstream Avenue to Veterans Memorial Parkway to Station Avenue and back to Jacklin, then to Langford Parkway where it will return to the park.
From 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., City Centre Park is hosting events, activities and 56 vendors on the property. Free limousine rides, a dunk tank, bouncy castles and a mini train will keep the whole family entertained.
All activities are by donation or free of charge. “My kids with probably love the train,” said Jessica Hassett, the park’s event coordinator. “There is a lot of stuff for kids to do.” Games of knee hockey as well as a gymnastic area will be operating giving kids some other fun experiences. All proceeds from the events will go towards the nonprofit society Sport Assist, which helps subsidize sports organization fees for Langford youth.
At 6 p.m. a free outdoor concert with beer gardens will begin. Victorian musician Karly Summers will hit the stage.
At 7 p.m. the Jimmy D. Lane Band will entertain the crowds with its blues and jazz-style of music. “The lead singer, (Jimmy D. Lane) has recorded with artists like Eric Clapton,” Hassett noted.
In previous years Langford Day had been a two day-event, but this year it has been condensed into one. “We talked with everyone about the event spread out over two days,” said Gerry St. Cyr, operator of City Centre Park.
Most people were keen on having one busy day instead of two “half-full days.”
“We’ve been building (Langford Days) up, and it’s finally where it should be with the whole community involved.”