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Bellecrest Days are almost here in the Pass

Nicholas L. M. Allen

Jun 14, 2023

Family activities and fun will be taking over Bellevue on June 17 for the annual Bellecrest Days.

The communities of Bellevue and Hillcrest are coming together to present Bellecrest Days on June 17, the weekend in June which most closely coincides with the anniversary of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster on June 19, 1914. 

Celebrations normally alternate between the two communities, with this year’s activities mainly taking place in Bellevue. 

Cam Davidson, President of the Bellecrest Community Association for the past three years, explained what the planning was like for this year’s event and how many people were involved.

“I can’t lie; As rewarding as it is, planning for Bellecrest Days does stretch our small group of dedicated volunteers. About six members hardly pass a day for a few months leading up without some volunteer time. Outside of that I’d say a few dozen people get involved, more and more as we get close to the day. On the day of, I’m thinking we will have 20 volunteers, including local teens,” said Davidson.

He explained how this year they are excited to promote the SunDawg Music Festival, as they look to grow each year and bring entertainment to the Pass each summer.

“This being the first year for them they are going to have on the stage four local bands including Skylight Postcards, Lani Folkard Band, Bushtown Boys and On the Rox. They are going to have an amazing sound system and we are putting up stage lighting. The music goes from 5 to 10 p.m. and there will be beer gardens right beside. Tickets are $10 and they are hoping to sell 200 tickets... I hope they can do it,” said Davidson.

The activity Davidson said he is most excited for are the food trucks, although he will keep his eye on the classic cars.

“I’m not sure how many classic cars are going to be on main street, but I’m told they are coming and looking forward to that as well,” added Davidson.

A key time to mark down will be the start of the parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The parade route goes from the Bellecrest campground, near the highway on the southeast end of town and travels back to the main street. 

“It’s a very well attended event with lots of candies being tossed out to the kids. We are looking forward to seeing the town’s new float this year. Back at the park, following the parade, there will be stage entertainment, bouncy castles, kids tattoos, more games and back by popular demand; the Bubble Machine. On top of food vendors, the legion will be open and serving food as well as the Bellevue Seniors Centre next door with their annual bake sale,” said Davidson.

He said the event will be going to run whether it is rain or shine, adding he is “certain” the weather will be good.

Community events are free, and all of the major heritage attractions are open. You can check the Bellecrest Community Association website for more details on Bellecrest Days.

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