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This year’s Golden Spike Days Festival features drive-thru fun for the whole family

The popular festival is back this summer with a socially distanced spin

The Golden Spike Days Festival returns this year with a new twist.

The four-day festival is traditionally held at Rocky Point Park around the Canada Day long weekend each year.

Cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the Golden Spike Days Festival is back this summer with a socially distanced spin.

The event will feature live entertainment via drive-thru and an online component, including the traditional Tri-Cities Got Talent competition.

“We want everyone to come out and have fun with us. We’re back,” Golden Spike Days Society president Ken Nielsen says.

The society was determined to put together a modified celebration this year. It includes a Drive-Thru event, which will take place in the Port Moody Recreation Centre parking lot on July 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The online event will take place from July 1-4.

“We didn’t want to lose sight of the Golden Spike Festival,” Nielsen says.

“Two years is a long time to be away and we didn’t want these events forgotten. So we opted to put something together for the community that would still be safe.”

The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest-running family events in B.C. and was named by the Tri-City News as the “Favourite Community Event,” several years running.

The event, which commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railways line and its original western terminus in Port Moody, where the last spike was driven, will mark its 44th year this summer.

“This is part of the history of Port Moody and keeps us together as a community,” Nielsen says.

The Canada Day Drive-Thru event will provide family entertainment for all ages including the famous Golden Spike Days Can Can Dancers, Pop Junkies, March Hare, balloon artists, a bubble blower and Duelling Pianos. Each vehicle will receive a bag with giveaways from local businesses.

A lineup of food trucks will include a well-rounded selection of tasty treats, including mini doughnuts, kettle corn and cotton candy, as well as classic fairground fare including hamburgers and macaroni and cheese.

The City of Port Moody will be onsite and will be giving away cookies. Nelly Shin, MP, will also be at the Drive-Thru event and will provide Canada Day souvenirs for participants.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance and cost $10 per vehicle (plus a service fee).

Can’t make the Drive-Thru event but still looking for something fun to do with your family on Canada Day?

The Golden Spike Days Festival Virtual Event will provide entertainment for all ages (tickets are free or by donation). Once registered, participants will receive a link to online videos and demonstrations that will be live from July 1-4.

Some of the online activities will include arts and cookery demonstrations, fitness activities, children’s activities, entertainment by the award-winning Can Can Dancers and demonstrations by the Port Moody Arts Centre.

It will also feature the greatly anticipated return of the Tri-Cities Got Talent Competition, a fun and supportive contest for people of all ages to showcase their talent.

“People have used this competition as a jumping-off ground,” Nielsen says.

Past winners include Madeline Merlo, who is now a Nashville country music artist and Grammy-nominated pop star Carly Rae Jepsen.

All talent acts from singers, dancers, bands, comedians, instrumentalists and more are encouraged to enter. Contestants can enter online now. The audition deadline is June 15.

Contestants will compete in one of three age divisions: preteen, youth, and adult, and there is $1,800 in prizes to be won.

The semi-finals for Tri-Cities Got Talent will take place on July 1 and the finals will be on July 2.

“We want to bring something to the community that will give them hope in these COVID times that there are brighter days ahead,” Nielsen says.

“We want to thank our generous, local community and business sponsors for helping us fund the cost of this year's event.”