As I’m writing this column, especially the week before Action Festival and as I look at my office which looks like a war zone,
I can’t help but think of all the people I’ve met over the years through this amazing community event.
From some of the originals like Ellen Lloyd, Jim Ricciuti and Doug Thring to people like Pat Bell, Pat Lindsay, Elizabeth Haverkamp, Doug Hardman and Kim Roberge.
(Please note I know there are many others but will save those for another time.)
I also remember being involved with the original Action Festival when Bob Vincent started the first ever slo-pitch tournament.
That tournament continues today with over 72 teams and is considered by many as the top recreational tournament in the province thanks to Al and Diane Mann who have been overseeing the tournament for almost 20 years.
(Many people don’t realize the profits from the tournament go to KidSport Summerland to help local youth enroll in sports.)
While I am name dropping I have to mention two amazing volunteers who do work behind the scenes and are a major benefit to the community.
They both look like they are from the World Wrestling Federation but are great dads and have become good friends.
Stacey Nodge has been overseeing the construction of the new playground at Dale Meadows and looking forward to his kids, Michael and Hailey, being able to use the equipment.
Jason Mathers has been overseeing the beverage garden during Action Festival and is the proud new father of daughter Alea and sister Zoie.
In a future column I will elaborate on the work of the Rotary Club, Kinsmen Club and Astral Media Children’s Charity with the new playground.
Action Festival does have something for everybody whether it is slo-pitch, entertainment in the park, a parade, vendors, beverage garden and of the course the famous barn dance in the Summerland Arena.
Also you still have time to register for the Man of Steel Triathlon or Giant’s Head Run. I will see you there!
Dale MacDonald has been Summerland’s Director of Parks and Recreation for the last 22 years and in his sporting past has won provincial championships in four different sports.