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MP Nathan Cullen and the Signer demonstrate the Chainsaw sign
REPORTING · 29th July 2011
Merv Ritchie
Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen described the scene perfectly as he took the microphone. MLA Austin defended Terrace stating it wasn’t Seafest, referring to Prince Rupert’s annual festival, "as the rain here is coming straight down, not sideways."

The Cannon shot, to officially mark the start of Riverboat Days, came right on cue. Terrace Mayor David Pernarowski declared, “I now declare River Boat Days officially open!” And immediately a cannon blast was heard ringing over George Little Park. The Rod and Gun Club had their antique cannon mounted up on the hill above the Park at the Terrace Arena.

The funniest part of the opening ceremonies was clearly Cullen drawing attention to the signing person. At almost all official ceremonies the City of Terrace respects those hard of hearing or deaf and has a signer producing the hand movements to translate what others can hear.

“I just want to thank our sign translator; I just got to see the sign for chainsaw which is very appropriate once you see chainsaw. Oh there it is, there again.”

Watch a video of this short entertaining exchange by opening the attached video clip below.

There were very few people in attendance at the opening, likely less than one hundred including those on the stage. It was cool and wet, the grass was soaked and it was clearly a day to be inside a Riverboat not a day to be standing in the river.

There are plenty of inside events. The full list of events can be found by visiting the Riverboat Days Section calendar.
Riverboat Days 2011 Captain Nirmal Parmar and Queen Jean Thompson
Riverboat Days 2011 Captain Nirmal Parmar and Queen Jean Thompson
The view of the opening ceremonies from the back of the tent set up for shelter.
The view of the opening ceremonies from the back of the tent set up for shelter.
The Riverboat Days Committee are introduced to those gathered in the rain.
The Riverboat Days Committee are introduced to those gathered in the rain.
MLA Robin Austin thanks the hard work of the Riverboat Days Committee
MLA Robin Austin thanks the hard work of the Riverboat Days Committee