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Heritage Day fair draws a crowd despite snowstorm

People were just glad to see each other, says organizer

It may have been one of the snowiest days of the winter, but that did not detract participants and locals from attending the first Heritage Day event since the pandemic.

“The comments we had were that it was just so good people could see each other again,” said Elaine Temple, one of the organizers of the Feb. 25 event in the banquet room of the Sportsplex that was sponsored by the Terrace Regional Historical Society and the City of Terrace.

There was such an interest by people wanting to participate that the demand for display table space could not be met, she said. Displays ranged from toys from decades ago to the history of education to gold mining.

Branch 13 of the Royal Canadian Legion was on hand as were members of the local railway club, a group that this year is celebrating 40 years.

“We did not get an exact count of how many people showed up but the turnout was very good given the snow that day,” Temple said.

One of those who came was Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Taylor Bachrach who, Temple said, stayed for three hours.

“He went from table to table and said he just wanted to listen to what people were so passionate about,” she said.

Also making the rounds was BC Liberal Skeena MLA Ellis Ross.

Temple said people also enjoyed the music and refreshments. And she expressed appreciation to the members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 747 who not only assembled a display themselves but helped out where needed.

“They were there at 9 a.m. helping set up the tables for us and then another group was there at 4 p.m. helping us take the tables down,” said Temple.

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