For its sixth year, Castlegar’s Spring Fling will shut down the streets of downtown for a one-day festival.
“It’s a family event,” said Peter Laurie, one of the co-ordinators.
The fun happens on April 30, when 3rd Street will be closed to motor vehicles from Pharmasave to Kinsmen Park to make room for a street hockey tournament.
Laurie said the hockey rink will have four-foot boards all around the two rinks to provide a stable area for three-on-three matches.
Along with hockey, there will be two stages — one on 3rd Street and one in Kinsmen Park — for entertainment. Laurie said people can expect to hear some bluegrass, acoustic guitar and rock ‘n’ roll.
And for car lovers, there will be a show ‘n’ shine. Laurie said people feel like in order to participate, they have to have a really nice car, but they don’t. As long as they want to, anyone can enter a car.
“If you like your car, bring it on out,” he said.
There will also be lots of games for kids, Laurie said — think carnival-style.
Spring Fling has grown each year, and Laurie estimates about 1,000 people attended last time.
The event started because a group of people in Castlegar just wanted a festival around this time of year.
“We thought it’d be nice to have something in the spring,” he said. “We have really good support from businesses in the community.”
All the events are free, unless you wish to purchase food from one of the food vendors that will be on site.
“It’s just a good, fun day,” Laurie said.
Signing up in advance for street hockey is strongly recommended. There are sign-up sheets at the Mohawk gas station, or each Castlegar school has a sign-up sheet by their offices.
The executive is still accepting vendors and volunteers.
For more information, call Peter Laurie at 365-5655 or visit castlegarspringfling.ca.