It was a successful and safe Silver City Days in Trail this year, with crowds gathering on the food mall for mini donuts, strolling the midway trying to win a stuffed animal at the skee-ball game, taking in the sounds of Canadian blues music and much more.
The RCMP also had an easy weekend with no major service calls, and officers credit the steady sunshine and the warm temperatures for the incident-free festival.
“It must have been the nice weather keeping everyone happy,” said Corporal Darryl Orr from the Trail detachment, saying that other years have kept officer busier. “There were a couple of liquor tickets handed out and stuff like that, but nothing huge. Usually you come in Monday morning after Silver City Days, or even Sunday morning, and you have a bunch of people in the drunk tank, and this year, there was nobody.
“We also just looked at some of the stuff that happened over the weekend, we really didn’t have any major incidents this year.”
Trail’s spring festival ran smoothly from the beginning on Wednesday afternoon with the midway and the food mall, to the end, with spectacular fireworks and a well-attended Fun Run, finishing up the five days of games and events.
On Friday evening, after filling their tummies with grilled cheese sandwiches, tacos, ice cream and more from the food vendors, blues-rock fans took their seats at nearly-full The Charles Bailey Theatre to listen to Canadian guitar player Colin James play some of his hits and pay tribute to music legends who came before him.
The Silver City Days parade set off the next morning right on schedule, with nearly an hour of floats winding through the streets of downtown, tossing out candy and showing off local business, charity organizations and more with costumes and displays. Families and spectators joined in the fun, lining the sidewalks and intersections with lawn chairs, making sure to get a good look at the floats.
To close out the annual spring festival, crowds gathered along the shores of the Columbia River and all along the Victoria Street Bridge on Saturday night to watch an impressive fireworks display, shooting off from the Gyro Park boat launch. The show was colourful and sent out Silver City Days with a bang.
On Sunday morning, the annual Fun Run brought out around 300 runners for a five or ten kilometre run, leading up to the Family Day Festival in the Park, signalling the official end of Silver City Days.