From lawn tractor races to midway amusements

From lawn tractor races to midway amusements

Annual Lumby Days ready to rev up the village

One of the biggest little fairs around has rounded up a full weekend of fun in Lumby.

The village explodes with action Friday through Sunday as the 56th annual Lumby Days takes over town.

“It still has that small-town, old fashioned flair,” said Merna Alexander, Lumby Days chairperson, of the event that draws thousands throughout the weekend. “We’re proud of our little fair.”

The event has something for everyone, from air races throughout the weekend to wheelbarrow decorating and thrills for all ages on the Shooting Star Amusement Midway.

Lumby’s own Redneck Daisies Roller Derby team rolls out the official start to Lumby Days with a game at the Pat Duke Arena Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

And Lumby hasn’t forgotten about all the Canuck fans.

“We don’t want anyone staying home to watch the game,” said Alexander, who has arranged for a big screen TV to be brought in for game five of the Stanley Cup final against Boston.

With this year’s theme, Our Forests at Work and Play, the West Coast Lumberjack Show has suitingly been added to the roster of events in the park oval.

The lumberjacks will race to out-climb, out-saw, out-chop and out-throw each other Saturday at 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m.

Then you don’t have to look far to catch some extreme freestyle motocross riders in action. Reagan Sieg and his crew hit the ramp Saturday at 1:30, 3:15 and 4:45 p.m., and Sunday at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting).

“Those two shows are side-by-side so if it works they’ll be surprising our spectators,” said Alexander. “They’re all dare devils.”

Before packing the park for all the action Saturday, make sure you come early to get a spot on the sidewalk for the parade at noon.

“There’s up to 5,000 people watching the parade,” said Alexander, of the family-fun attraction which starts at the industrial park east of Lumby on Highway 6, heads down Shuswap Avenue, right on Maple Street and wraps up on Shields Avenue.

“It appears to be the highlight and it just keeps growing. It’s a fun little parade.”

If motors turn your crank, oval park will also be filled with all sorts of classic and contemporary cars.

“Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” said Alexander of the show and shine that draws anywhere from 75 to 100 entrants.

And it wouldn’t be Lumby Days without the popular, and hilarious, lawn tractor races – which go Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

“Those guys are crazy too, they rip around there and have a lot of fun,” said Alexander.

There’s also Bingo, a 4H Guess the Beef Weight, pig roast put on by the Wildlife Club, beverage gardens, model railroad display, trades booths, arts and crafts, Monashee Art Council Show and live entertainment all day.

Admission to Lumby Days is free, but the purchase of Lumby Days pins ($2) is encouraged. Pins will be sold throughout the weekend at the Curling Club and by the Redneck Daisies.

For a full list of events and times, visit ww.lumbydays.ca.