The Children’s Festival and Duck Pluck return on Saturday, June 15, at Dougall Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunshine Coast Community Service’s event, sponsored by Crowe, Sunshine Coast Credit Union and the Co-operators, enriches the lives of children and families on the Sunshine Coast while delivering a magical afternoon of music, bubbles, art, dancing and interactive games. There will also be opportunities for families to connect with members of the community and learn about valuable resources on the Coast.
The festival features the musical talents of Juno-nominated children’s musician and CBC TV star Will Stroet of Will’s Jams. Stroet has been entertaining kids and young-at-heart fans for more than a decade with witty wordplay and catchy choruses to his original rock, folk and blues inspired music. The educator and dad creates multilingual music that ignites the imagination of listeners of all ages.
The musical lineup also features local sensations Graham Walker, Mr. Doug, Fiddle Cats and friends, the Sikat-Araw Kultura Filipiniana dance group and more.
Other activities include story time with local author Sarah Joseph, a Teddy Bear Hospital (bring your stuffies and dolls for repairing!), make a no-sew T-shirt bag station (bring your own or there will be spares), and a dress up box and photo area. There will also be free face painting, bubbles wands and the popular Bellies and Babies tent.
And the ducks are back! The famous Duck Pluck will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Children’s Festival. Ducks will be plucked one by one. Each duck has a number that corresponds with sold raffle ticket numbers. Tickets will be available the day of the event for $5 each or five for $20.
All proceeds from the Children’s Festival and Duck Pluck raffle goes to the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society, the largest non-profit on the Sunshine Coast. The organization supports over 5,000 community members through 35 programs, including the Sunshine Coast Food Bank, Yew Transition House, Better at Home and Bellies and Babies.
We would like to thank our sponsors: Crowe MacKay LLP, Sunshine Coast Credit Union and The Co-operators (Sunshine Coast Insurance Services Inc.). A special thank you to Coast Reporter (our media sponsor) and Lehigh Materials.
– Submitted by Weegee Sachtjen