Funtastic celebration

Western Canada's largest slow-pitch event sings the praises of everyone involved

Another Funtastic Summer Festival has come and gone. Many more good memories now added to the list.

It is like a Western Canada reunion or Funtastic family get-together; so many people from so many communities.

The Funtastic Sports Society wants to express appreciation to the greater Vernon community for its outstanding support of the 29th annual Funtastic slo-pitch tournament and music festival.

During the 2013 Canada Day long weekend, we celebrated much more than a successful 29th Funtastic Festival.

We celebrated the early morning and late nights of our 500 volunteers, the generosity of more than 100 local sponsors and partner agencies and the enthusiasm of our visitors.

We honoured the dedication of ball players that brave the rain and blazing heat. The pride of a winning team and dignity of a losing one.

We celebrated the amazement in visitors experiencing Funtastic for their first time.

And the timeless bond between long-time friends in friendly competition.

We played, dressed in zany costumes, dined on fine ball park cuisine, cheered and danced.  And we did it for a community that loves to come together.

We realized the free spirit, the unabashed spirit, within all of us. And we played on ball diamonds built on the vision and passion of the great early Funtastic personalities.

We cheered, almost 6,000 strong, when the decorated soldiers, led by Lt.-Col. L. Johnson,  took to the stage on Sunday night as a Julian Austin performed Red and White.

And we joined in a salute to our Canadian military troops and their families.

In our 29th year, we celebrated the future of a community; we celebrated our potential, knowing together we can build a better community through sport.

It would not be possible to organize Funtastic without the support of so many in the community.

Thank you all and see you for the 30th Funtastic June 27 to June 30, 2014.

Jim McEwan,

executive director

Funtastic Sports Society