District of Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher

District of Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher

Elkford celebrates its annual Wildcat Days

Elkford’s 2016 Wildcat Days were tough to beat, the sunny weather only enhanced the event.

Elkford’s 2016 Wildcat Days were tough to beat, the sunny weather only enhanced the event. While Wildcat Days attracts people the Elk Valley and beyond, according to Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher, it’s a community event; especially on July 1.

“Wildcat Days is a chance for all of our volunteers in the community to get together and celebrate Canada Day in conjunction with Wildcat Days which we have had for many years now,” he said. “July 1 is usually our barbeque day where we have a barbeque for all the residents of the community and cut a cake, this year we will be doing cupcakes instead of a cake though. The ball tournament is always on this weekend as well. July 2, we have the parade and pancake breakfast; it is a fun filled weekend for everyone.  We have so many events for everybody.”

The new bridge had its grand opening on July 1 and this was also the unveiling of the structures new name. The bridge-naming contest had numerous submissions, but Elkford’s Ethel Robinson was the winner with the name Boivin Creek Crossover. When asked about why she chose this name for submission, Robinson responded with, “I walk this nearly every day. I submitted two names for it but it’s a connection between one side of Elkford and the other.”

The Free Press spoke with Jody Christopherson, Leisure Services Clerk on July 1 about how the Wildcat Days was going.

“It has been awesome. By the sounds of it there are a lot of ball teams in town and the campground is filling up so there are lots of people out to enjoy the weekend,” she said.

When asked about what events Christopherson was looking forward to she responded with, “I would say the fireworks and some of the new things that are coming. For my kids the water balls, there will be a big pool filled up with water and kids go inside inflatable balls and they can walk on water, stilt walkers and the monster truck rides. I am also looking forward to the parade, which is always well attended.”