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REPORTING · 30th July 2010
Evan Jennings

Riverboat Days is fast approaching with the first day starting on Friday the 30th. Friday has a few events running starting at 11 AM with the Crime Stoppers “Jail & Bail”. This will be taking place at the Astral Media parking lot.

At 4 PM the first annual 3 on 3 Basketball tournament begins. You must register for the tournament by July 27th. These times are tentative and are subject to change, based on amount of teams entered. To read more on this event CLICK HERE

That night at 7 PM, there will be the Opening Ceremonies at the Spirit Square in George Little Park. During the ceremony, they will be naming this years Riverboat Queen and Captain.

At the same time, the annual mixed slow-pitch tournament will begin at Riverside Park, Rotary Kerr Field and Thornhill Regional Field. The full schedule is posted at Riverside Park.

Also at 7 PM the opening reception of the August art exhibit begins, which is the annual member’s show. Each member was given a 6” X 6” canvas on which they were to create their masterpiece. These artworks will be auctioned off later during the festivities.

A little later, at 8 PM, there will be a little live entertainment at Boston Pizza with “From the Garden”. There is no cover fee so come out and enjoy some live music.


Saturday morning, July 31st, will start bright and early at 8 AM with the annual Terrace traditional Happy Gang pancake breakfast. So come on down to the Happy Gang Centre at 3226 Kalum Street. Adults have a full order for $5 and a half-order for $3.

Later at 9 AM the Skeena Valley Farmer’s Market will be running, one of BC’s most successful farmer’s markets.

Canadian Tire will host the 4th annual Paintball tournament. The player’s meeting is at 9:30 AM with the games commencing at 10 AM.

At 11 AM the Annual Riverboat Days Legion Parade will begin, starting from City Hall and running all the way down to the Royal Canadian Legion. This year’s theme is "Bridging the Generations." After the parade you can enjoy a great barbeque at the Legion.

Also at 11 AM is the burger eating contest at Boston Pizza. This is a mini-burger eating contest held in one minute intervals with prizes to be won.

Starting at noon Saturday will be the concerts in the park.

Opening this year’s concerts is Boss Blues Band who’s name pretty much tells you what they play. Following them at 1:20 PM is US Heroic, a local punk band. After at 2:10 PM CFNR will be bringing you some of the old classic rock songs for you to listen to. Local rock act Rumor Red will take the stage at 3:50 PM with another rock band Sound Collision to follow at 4:40 PM. Prince Rupert’s Triple Bypass will take the stage at 5:30 PM.

Then starting at 7 PM, is this years headliners, The Headpins. They are one of Canada’s greatest rock and roll band’s of all time and will be playing our stage with hits like “Turn it Loud”, “Don’t Stand in the Line of Fire” and “Don’t it Make Ya Feel”. You don’t want to miss this concert.

Also at noon is the Skeena Valley Cruizers car show and Valve Cover Race. Come check out the beautiful automobiles that are hiding in the northwest and this year come see Alice Cooper’s “Billion Dollar Baby”. Plus an added attraction is the 1st annual Valve Cover Race. For rules on how you can build a racer CLICK HERE

At 6 PM the Skeena Diversity Society is having their monthly potluck and discussion. This month’s discussion is on First Nation’s history of territory. Bring a dish down and come listen to some stories.

The Terrace Speedway is holding racing action at the oval track in Thornhill. Time trials begin at 6 PM and the races beginning at 7 PM.

Both the slow-pitch tournament and the 3 on 3 basketball will continue on Saturday. The slow-pitch will be throughout the day at the different fields and the basketball will run from around 1-6 PM.

To finish off Saturday you can head down to the bridges on the Skeena River to watch the Fireworks Extravaganza starting around 11 PM.


Sunday will see the beginning of Mr. Mikes Beach Blast Volleyball “10” starting at 9 AM. This event will see their parking lot transformed into a beautiful sandy beach by 4-Sure Automotive. You must register by July 30th.

9 am Sunday morning is also the beginning of the “Hot August Nights” Drag Races at the Terrace-Kitimat airport. There is always at least one special car brought up for this event so come on down and see what the got this year. To read more on this event CLICK HERE

The finals of the 3 on 3 basketball will take place at 11 AM as well this will be the final day of the paintball tournament. A special 1 PM paintball match will take place between the local firefighters and the RCMP. The slow-pitch tournament will continue throughout the day.

At 10 AM, the usual George Little House flea market will take place, with all sorts of antiques and trinkets to be found.

Getting our last celebrations in as "Hockeyville 2010", we will have our annual 4 on 4 street hockey taking place at Totem Ford at 10 AM.

Also starting at 10 AM is Church in the park. There will be a mix of contemporary and traditional gospel music, along with a service of song, prayer, Scripture, childrens lesson and a brief meditation commencing at 11 AM.

At 1 PM, a long standing event will take place at the Northern Motor Inn. The Slinger’s Race will truly show who has what it takes to make it as a waiter or waitress. This year there will be a dunk tank and other games and activities during the event.


Monday will see the end of three events. The Mr Mike’s Beach Blast Volleyball will run from 9 AM on throughout the day. The drag races will also start at 9 AM and run until around 5 PM. The slow-pitch tournament continues at Riverside Park.

At 10 AM the Skeena Valley Model Railroad Open House begins. Come down to the old CN railway car on the Grand Trunk Pathway, and watch the model trains run between Terrace, Prince Rupert and Kitimat.

The Uplands pond tour will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM. Tickets are available at Uplands Nursery, where you will receive a map of the pond locations throughout Terrace and Kitimat.

The Great Rotary Wild Duck Race will take place at 1 PM on the west channel of the Skeena River (Ducks jump in near the old bridge and swim between Walmart and Ferry Island). Who will win this year’s grand prize of a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt?

Later Monday night, starting at 7 PM and running through until Wednesday, is the Ferry Island interpretive walk. Forest professionals will be leading the tours, explaining the different natural resources, identifying the different trees & plants, and revealing evidence of logging from days gone by. An added feature to this year’s tours is a plant/tree identification scavenger tour.


On Tuesday there is a youth Painting Workshop & Exhibit at Wilp Simgan Carving Shed on 3100 Kalum Street. This will be running from Tuesday through Thursday with the exhibition on Friday and Saturday.

The Clay Artists of Terrace are running Children’s Pioneer Crafts Workshops from Tuesday through Thursday at Heritage Park.

At noon there is a special event at the old Esso site on the corner of Emerson and Lakelse. Artists in Motion is a group of local artists who will be coming down to set up their easels and tables, creating art before your very eyes.

At 2 PM the Skeena Mall is holding a water balloon competition. So go get wet and win some prizes.


On Wednesday there is the Serendipity Circus Youth Show which is run by the summer program in arts, recreation and culture. This show features music, drama, magic and comedy, so come down and enjoy.


On Thursday the Skeena Mall is hosting another event, the Kiddies Bike Parade. This gives children 8 & under a chance to show off their decorated bikes, wagons or anything else on wheels.


Starting Friday evening is the Riverside Festival at Har-Lee’s Place” 14km north on Kalum Lake Drive. To see more on the festival CLICK HERE

Friday night at 7 PM is the auction for the 6” X 6” paintings, which were on display at the art gallery.


On Saturday morning at 10 AM until 2 PM, the Terrace Rod & Gun Club and the Whiskey Jack Archers are holding a open house at their new improved facilities.

That afternoon the Tastes of Terrace will be running at various restaurants around town. You have to pick up a map to participate in this event.


On Sunday morning Ruins will be holding their 11th annual Skateboard competition. To read more on this event CLICK HERE

The last event of Riverboat Days is the Food & Flower Garden Tour. All proceeds from this event go to support communities in developing countries.

To see the dates, locations and more details on all events, CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL RIVERBOAT DAYS EVENT CALENDER