By David F. Rooney
Revelstoke’s Fair Trade Committee out did itself on Saturday with their excellent World Fair Trade Day Celebration.
This terrific community event married local businesses, societies and individuals and literally had people dancing in the streets before it was done.
The fine spring weather helped, of course, as it brought out hundreds of people to the event. This was the first time World Fair Trade Day has been celebrated in Revelstoke. This year the city joined the Fair Trade movement when it was designated an official Fair Trade City, thanks to the committee’s hard work.
“This has been a wonderful day,” said committee member Susan Knight. “Everything clicked.”
Indeed they did as you can see from the images below:
Ken Jones, the tallest clown in town, hands a newly blown balloon animal to three-year-old Hunter Fuoco during the World Fair Trade Day celebration on Saturday. David F. Rooney photo Emily Suchy and Taylor and Josi Koerber put on quite a show for a very appreciative crowd Saturday. The young unicyclists demonstrated their skills at the World Fair Trade Day celebration. Click on this image to see a larger version of this image. David F. Rooney photo Nicholas Suchy (left) and Owen Flood played the diabolo sticks with verve at the Fair Trade Celebration on Saturday. Susan Knight photo The Child Care Society, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and other groups put on a number of great activities for very young children at the celebration. One of the most fascinating for young Zappa Carmel (center) and playmate Rylee Saxby was the bubble-making machine. David F. Rooney photo The World Fair Trade Day Celebration wasn't the only thing going on downtown on Saturday morning, of course. Most people cruised the Farmers' Market at some point, like this customer looking at the garden plants on offer at Morgan Ingram's Green Girl Gardens stall. David F. Rooney photo This is what the celebration look like from Second Street. David F. Rooney photo David Savage (left) and Peter Waters manned The Revelstoke Current Booth selling raffle tickets for a terrific basket of Fair Trade products put together by Savage Delights columnist Leslie Savage. The raffle raised more than $300 for the Food Bank. The basket was won by Ann Biggs. David F. Rooney photo The John Baker Band played some pretty good music at the World Fair Trade Day Celebration. David F. Rooney photo John Baker plucks the guitar during one of the band's sets. David F. Rooney photo Dance anyone? The band's music got a few people up and dancing. David F. Rooney photo Krista Carnegie's shoes for Swaziland project garnered more than 1,700 shoes. Incredible. She was assisted by her son Linden and his buddy Lukas Dembicki. David F. Rooney photo Better make that 1,704 shoes. Carnegie's total jumped a bit just 30 seconds after her photo was taken when Scott LeBuke and his son James dropped off more shoes. David F. Rooney photo Everybody Zumba! The popular dancercise program was demonstrated at the celebration. Cornelius Suchy photo