Striking A Balance – Clinton Rodeo and Parade this weekend

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

Darren Bennet

Darren Bennet

Bonaparte Watershed Meeting

An open informational meeting sponsored by the Bonaparte Watershed Stewardship Society was held on May16 at the Clinton Legion Hall basement with approximately 20 people in attendance.

Darren Bennett formerly of the Water Rights Branch of the Provincial Government and now Ministry of Forests was on hand to address any concerns and questions around water rights and licenses.

Much of the discussion centered around the Porcupine Creek Diversion Project. This was a project to divert some water from Porcupine Creek into Cut Off Valley Creek for the use of five water licensees.

Some people questioned whether more water could be diverted so licensees at the lower end of Cut Off Valley/Clinton Creek would not be without water during dry summers. It was explained that only a specific amount of water is allowed for licensing by order of council. The remainder is for fish habitat. Darren explained that licenses do not guarantee water. The diversion of Porcupine Creek was done by license. Every license is for a specific volume and location.

The discussion went around and around for over an hour with no clear answer. It was suggested that the property owners along Cut Off Valley Creek could partner with the Bonaparte Watershed Stewardship Society to get some answers.

Old Timers Tea

Plan to attend the Old Timers Tea in the Clinton Memorial Hall on Friday, May 24 from 2-4 p.m. Renew acquaintances and make some new friends while you enjoy coffee, tea and goodies prepared by loyal volunteers who have kept this event going for decades.

Take time to peruse old newspapers, scrapbooks and artifacts telling of Clinton’s past. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome.

Heritage Dress Up

While you are in Clinton drop by the businesses and see who has taken the time to decorate their premises and dress in period costume for the 150/50 Anniversary.

Clinton Annual Parade

The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. from the staging area by Reg Conn Centennial Park.

Stake out your spot along the main street to enjoy the bands, floats and vehicles in the parade.

Stage Coach & Wagon Fair

Speaking of vehicles, there will be a gathering in Clinton the likes of which you may never have seen before.

To celebrate the long history Clinton has as an important stop for passenger, freight and service industries; there will be a gathering of wagons, stagecoaches and pre-horseless carriages on May 25-26.

The gathering will take place on the grounds of the Palace Hotel across from the Museum and Municipal Offices.

For more information or to reserve a spot for your wagon call Doug Carnegie at 604-816-9760 or email him at

Time to Eat

Following the parade the Clinton Lions Club will be serving up their famous beef on a bun beside the Health Centre on the main street.

The kids are welcome to enjoy a free hot dog and drink at the fire hall courtesy of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department members.

Clinton May Ball Rodeo

The Clinton May Ball Rodeo action starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at the rodeo grounds just south of Clinton.

The Clinton 4-H Club serves a Steak Dinner at the rodeo grounds beginning at 5 p.m. This will be followed by the Rodeo Dance featuring the music of country and rock band Appaloosa from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Sunday, May 26 begins with a pancake breakfast at the concession. Slack Rodeo begins at 9 a.m. and the regular rodeo action resumes at 1 p.m.

This is a BC Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeo and it promises to be lots of fun.

Susan Swan