First Riverboat weekend a blast

It’s been a thrilling jam-packed weekend and the fun’s not over yet

At age 4 and 2, brothers Denis and Arthur Wightman had a blast on the big trampoline at George Little Park Saturday. Jackie Lieuwen photo

From high-flying motocross racers to the colourful stream of floats in the parade, Riverboat Days kicked off this weekend and packed Terrace streets with the bustling of people eager to enjoy the city.

Anyone who loves sports was out in their prospective arenas, spiking volleyballs, booting soccer balls, firing hockey pucks or batting baseballs across the ball fields in town.

Others were revving up their smokin’ fast cars at the speedway track or in the Hot August Nites drag races at the airport.

But for many, the enticement of Riverboat Days is the warm community gatherings, such as the salmon barbecue, concerts in the park, tasty pancake breakfasts and fireworks extravaganza.

Regardless of venue, Terrace was buzzing all weekend and mayor Carol Leclerc said she feels this year Riverboat Days was one of special importance.

“It’s really cool, because this year it’s Canada 150th, plus it’s Terrace’s 90th birthday, and they opened the splash park, so it’s really kind of an extra special event,” Leclerc said.

And the fun is not over.

Still coming up are more breakfasts and barbecues, the street fair medley and kiddie parade, the Kitsumkalum totem pole raising, and dozens more listed at www.riverboatdays.ca

If you happen to catch a glimpse of youth in blue T-shirts carrying around some clickers, that’s the Terrace Volunteer Youth Corps who are doing crowd counts for the first time ever.

For more on the festivities, check out www.terracestandard.com for more photos, videos and information.

Also, check out Pages 10 and 11 in The Terrace Standard this week for a special photo essay on the 2017 Riverboat Days opening weekend.

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You can’t help but laugh at the sheer joy on the excited faces of kids running around the park. Here’s a shot of Alexandra Lincoln-Bear pushing her thrilled two-year-old cousin Simon Stewart on a toy bike. Jackie Lieuwen photo

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