Founder’s Day plans ramping up in Greenwood

Plans for the annual parade and party in the park on July 12 - aka Founder's Day in Greenwood are moving ahead.

Greenwood Board of Trade president Jim Nathorst is excited about the plans being put in place for the 2014 Founder’s Day on Saturday, July 12.

Nathorst said that as of June 18 there were 34 vendors registered and the Board of Trade (BOT) is bringing in a magic show for the kids.

He is pleased with the number of residents who have come out to the meetings to help plan for Founder’s Day.

“We have a really good cross section of people—we’ve got 20 people coming to the meetings—they are coming from everywhere. We were looking for a cross-section from the community and wanted to emphasis that you don’t have to belong to anything to be part of it.”

Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Pacific Grill in the leadup to the event. Tonight will be their sixth meeting.

“We will be doing that right up to the event and we will do a meeting after to see what we did right and what we did wrong,” he said.

Posters have been produced by local artist Kim Kinakin.

The day will start with a fireman’s breakfast at 8 a.m. and a parade at 10:30. There would be music throughout the day—beginning with karaoke followed by groups that have been booked through the rest of the day.

“Best of all, it is all free,” Nathorst said. There will be vendors; a beer garden with proceeds going to the BOT; and community groups will be operating food concessions too.

“There is still time to get into the parade,” he said. “Talk to Heather at 250-443-2461. The more the merrier. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. The key thing is the cross community support we are getting from across the West Boundary.”