Boundary comes out to celebrate Greenwood

Founders Day celebrates Greenwood’s 122nd birthday

Hundreds came out to Lions Park in Greenwood Saturday to celebrate the smallest city in Canada’s 122nd birthday. What started out as a frontier town fuelled by a hunger for mineral riches has adapted to become a home to the outdoor-oriented, families and more than a few prospectors still looking for treasures in the creeks and hills around town.

One booth at the fair was also raising funds for nearby Nikkei Park, the commemorative place that remembers Greenwood’s sadder legacy of the 1940s, when the town became the site of the first internment centre for Japanese Canadians in British Columbia.

According to reports, Greenwood held a town vote to decide on whether or not to permit the displacement to have Greenwood as a landing site. All but two residents apparently voted “Yes.”

Today, Greenwood’s population is less than a third of what it was in its heyday. That, however, didn’t show on Saturday when many from around the region came to celebrate the Boundary’s little green city.

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The Grand Forks Pipes and Drums lead the procession at the Founders Day parade.

The Red Hat Ladies enjoyed the shade under their giant hat in their make-shift garden. Their float won the top prize in the parade.

While the floats were dazzling, some parade goers also watched for the candy and prizes.

Kids get their exercise by racing to candy tossed by firefighters and other paraders on Saturday. (Jensen Edwards/Boundary Creek Times)

Despite the importance of horses to the Boundary’s history, no hitching posts were provided in the parking lot.

From drumming in the parade to playing keys for the R’Amens, Doris Albert offered a variety of musical genres for the crowd to enjoy on Saturday.

(Right) The Greenwood fire department served up lunch to fundraise at Founders Day.

A truck bed full of mining tools and discoveries catches the eye of a couple Founders Day visitors. (Jensen Edwards/Boundary Creek Times)

At a crowded spot on the makeshift Boundary Creek, finding treasure can be tough when you don’t have a pan.

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