The annual Clinton Rodeo Parade was a bright ray of sunshine under otherwise grey and cloudy skies.

The annual Clinton Rodeo Parade was a bright ray of sunshine under otherwise grey and cloudy skies.

Striking A Balance – Clinton bursting with life

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Old Timers Tea Well Attended

The Clinton Old Timers Tea on Friday, May 24 was the best attended since the event started. Over 150 guests enjoyed dainty sandwiches and a variety of squares with their tea and coffee.

It was truly a time of remembering as people returned to Clinton to reminisce with old friends and neighbours. There were hugs and tears throughout the afternoon as acquaintances were renewed.

This is the first time this event has run out of sandwiches but that is a good thing. It just shows how well attended it was.

Kudos to the volunteers who made all the goodies, the students who served and everyone who helped with the set up and clean up. It was superbly well done.

Clinton Parade

The weather cooperated and the parade went off with very little problem. Since I was riding the Village of Clinton float in the parade, I didn’t actually get to see the parade. I hear it was a good one.

Lions Beef on a Bun

As in past years, the line up for the Lions Club’s famous beef on a bun started long before the parade ended. Everyone I spoke with who had a sample said it was delicious. It takes a lot of volunteers to put together something like this and non-Lions Club members pitched in this year to help make it happen.

Fire Hall Activities

The kids enjoyed free hotdogs and drink at the fire hall following the parade. Once the parade concluded, Uncle Chris the clown made his way to the fire hall as well. He kept the kids entertained for a couple of hours with his balloon animals, tricks, and funny antics.

Legion BBQ

Many of the adults attended the Legion BBQ after the parade where they could enjoy barbecued hamburgers and a variety of salads.

The pipe and drum band entertained the lunch crowd at the Legion as well.

Stage Coach and Wagon Display

An interesting variety of stage coaches and freight wagons were displayed across from the Village Office on Saturday and Sunday.

There was a lot of history in those heritage modes of travel. Having sat on a wooden seat on a steel-wheeled freight wagon for the parade, I can only imagine the discomfort of travelling for miles to the gold fields that way.

Our ancestors were made of stern stuff to endure the hardships they did to get to the Cariboo.

Aboriginal Awareness Week

There is an Aboriginal Display beside the Clinton Museum to commemorate Aboriginal Awareness Week (May 27-31). There are also some displays inside the museum as well.

These displays have been provided by Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band to give a little insight into early native life in the area.

150/50 Events

The next two events coming up to celebrate the 150/50 Anniversary in Clinton are the Sixth Annual Kids Care Fair on May 30 and Clinton Health Care Auxiliary Yard Sale on June 1.

Check the Village of Clinton website for the full calendar of events happening throughout the year to celebrate these two anniversaries.

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