Winlaw Water Day returns May 7

Every year around this time, folks in the Slocan Valley get together just to share their love of water.

Slocan Valley residents will hold a water-themed celebration next month.

Slocan Valley residents will hold a water-themed celebration next month.

Every year around this time, folks in the Slocan Valley get together just to share their love of water. This year the event takes place Saturday, May 7 from noon to midnight, based out of Mama Sita’s Cafe in Winlaw.

During the day there will be an outdoor market with a wide range of vendors and community groups set up around the restaurant. There will be a special kids zone where crafts and face painting will be taking place. A special feature this year will be a puppet theater happening throughout the afternoon for everyone to enjoy.

A popular feature of the annual event is the parade to the Slocan River. Led by the Samba Marching Band, followed by a colourful collection of dancers and assorted water lovers of all ages. The parade flows down to the Slocan River where everyone once again re-commit themselves to protecting and recognizing the value of water to our community. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m., but come early to enjoy all the festivities.

Throughout the day and evening, live music will take place with many popular local and regional performers taking the stage. Some of those include Red Eyed Soul, Li’l Dave and the Blues Wave, Thee Sideshow, the Cedar Creek Stringband, Jemma Luna and many more. Just like the diversity of the Slocan valley, there’ll be something for every musical taste. The entertainment will be taking place outside during the day and moves inside as the evening cools. The event begins with a blessing by Robert Watt from the Sinixt.

There is still space for more vendors and community groups who may wish to participate in the day. A donation from the event will go to the Slocan food bank. The best way to make contact, if you wish to get involved, is by visiting the Facebook site for Mama Sita’s Cafe.

As this is always a popular event, drivers are asked to used caution when passing through the area.