Loud and proud is the goal as Lumby area residents hit the ice to become Hockeyville.
A series of community activities are scheduled for Monday, Family Day, to convince officials with Kraft Hockeyville to bestow the 2016 title on the village.
“The judging process includes how involved the community is and how hockey crazy it is,” said Stephanie Davyduke, who of the Hockeyville bid organizers in Lumby.
The Family Day fun gets underway with a family skate from 10 a.m. to noon at Pat Duke Memorial Arena. That will be followed by a Hockeyville photo at noon and a parents versus hockey players game from noon to 2 p.m.
From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be games, crafts and a Hockeyville cake in the White Valley Community Centre.
Anyone attending the event is urged to wear their hockey jerseys and face paint and ring cow bells.
“We want to be loud and hockey outrageous,” said Davyduke of sending a loud message to Kraft Hockeyville.
Residents should also bring Kraft food items for donation to the Lumby food bank.
About 100 nominations for Pat Duke Arena and Lumby have been made in the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 contest, which will see one community in Canada win the chance to host an NHL pre-season game, and get $100,000 in upgrades for its arena.
The online nomination competition is underway, and runs until midnight Sunday.
From all eligible entries received, judges will select a top-10 which will be announced on a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast March 5.
When the top-10 is announced, legal residents of Canada 13 and over can vote for their favourite entr March 13 and 14.
The two entries with the most votes will be announced March 19 and will be finalists for the title of Kraft Hockeyville 2016.
Voting for the final two will run March 20 and 21 and the winner will be announced April 2.
Second prize in the contest is $100,000 in arena upgrades. The eight other top-10 communities will receive $25,000 in arena upgrades.
You can view the nominations on the event website, www.khv2016.ca.
“We need people to hashtag it (#khv_lumby and #khv_patdukememorialarena) and put it on the Internet,” said Davyduke of Lumby’s bid.
“We’re small but we’re mighty and we want to win.”