For Immediate Release:
June 9, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children's Festival, held on June 7 & 8 at Waterfront Park, was a roaring success with thousands of families coming out to celebrate creativity, culture and community over the two days.
"We had amazing turn-outs to for the three core components of the Festival: the School Day, the Parade and the Community Day," said Dorothee Birker, artistic director for the Festival. "Certainly the weather cooperated this year but more importantly the community really showed its support and love of this festival by coming out in droves!"
The Friday School Day had a record turnout with over 1,300 students registered and hundreds more families from the community joining in the fun. The new parade route offered a shorter but scenic route along the Cawston Corridor and seemed to be well received by the parade participants as well as the thousands of people that lined the streets. The Community Day offered a packed day of great performances, interactive activities and incredible family fun that focused on engaging the community in celebrating creativity and culture and how integral these things are to our everyday lives.
"The feedback from families and participants has been overwhelmingly positive," says Marlene Fenton, chair of the Children's Festival Society of Kelowna, the volunteer board, that produces the annual festival. "It is truly amazing to be a part of a festival that brings so much joy and happiness to the children and families of our region. The year-long planning and the long hours during the Festival make it all worthwhile when you see the impact we are making."
Highlights of this year's Festival included the sukanaqin sa?xip or Okanagan Roots program celebrating Westbank First Nation and thanking them for hosting the festival on their traditional territory. The program included an opening and closing celebration with a Blessing from Okanagan Elder Wilfred Barnes and traditional dances by Crystal Prince and her children, as well as interactive workshops on storytelling, tule mat making, fishing and flint knapping. Other highlights included William Butler, the 5-year old boy who was so excited by last year's Fat Cat Festival Parade that he decorated his bike and not only joined Fat Cat in leading the parade this year, but also inspired other children to decorate their bikes and join in as well.
"It is amazing to see the performances and the activities and excitement all come together," continued Marlene Fenton. "But what truly makes this festival shine is the volunteers and community partners and we want to extend a great, big Fat Cat thank you to our Festival Crew - almost 200 people strong this year - and the many sponsors and participating organizations for being the heart of this Festival."
Once this year's festival is fully wrapped up, organizers will start planning the 2014 edition of the Festival which takes place June 6 & 7 at Waterfront Park. Community members interested in being part of the planning committee and Board are welcome and should get in touch with Dorothee Birker at email@example.com or by calling 250-860-4911.
For more information contact:
Artistic Director Ph: 250-860-4911