SAPPERTON DAY STREET FESTIVAL: Popular community event returns on Sunday

Baia Brothers are scheduled to perform in Cap’s parking lot during the ninth Annual Sapperton Day Street Festival on Sunday. They will also be providing instruction on basics of trick riding. - Contributed photo
Baia Brothers are scheduled to perform in Cap’s parking lot during the ninth Annual Sapperton Day Street Festival on Sunday. They will also be providing instruction on basics of trick riding.
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Sapperton Day Street Festival returns on Sunday, June 12 and will feature many of the popular favourites from previous years, along with new entertainment such as the New Westminster Secondary School band Duck Soldier and the “contact juggler,” Dawn Dream.

The non-profit festival was first held in the 1970s, then revived nine years ago. It is put together by the Sapperton Business Association with support from both the McBride-Sapperton Residents’ Association and Wesgroup Properties.

Events at the festival include a performance by the Vancouver Circus School and live music from the official Sapperton Day band, The Real Canadian Rock Band. Entertainment also includes face painting, an appearance by Korki the Clown and a bike trials demonstration. There will also be a wide range of food vendors, including newcomers Dublin Castle pub, who will be serving up chicken satay and grilled prawns following the pancake breakfast. Much more live entertainment, demonstrations and vendors will also be on hand.

“We have over 50 marketplace vendors selling everything from jewelry to jerk sauce to Tupperware,” said Guy Ciprian, vice-president of the Sapperton Business Association and co-organizer of the event.

The popular pancake breakfast starts at 10 a.m., but Ciprian recommends getting there by 9:30 to avoid lineups. The pancake breakfast and silent auction (which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) help to raise funds for Royal Columbian Hospital.

All proceeds raised from Sapperton Day go towards the campaign to build a multipurpose intervention suite to provide greater care for heart, stroke and aneurysm patients at Royal Columbian. Last year Sapperton Day raised $10,000 for Royal Columbian’s Breast Health Campaign. This year the goal is to raise $12,000.

“The hospital has been our charity of choice for seven years. We sponsor the Royal Columbian because it’s the biggest trauma centre in the Lower Mainland and they are in our community,” said Ciprian.

Ciprian and fellow organizer Marnie Kurylo of Savvy Space Solutions have been organizing the event for six months and together have dedicated about 1,200 hours to the planning of Sapperton Day.

This year 10,000 people are expected to attend. Ciprian says that many of the people who come out used to live in Sapperton and use the event as a chance to come back and visit. He says that most visitors are from New Westminster or from the Tri-Cities.

“It’s the single most-attended family event that’s supported by the community for the community,” said Ciprian. “It’s a community celebration.”

The event is being held in the 400 block of East Columbia Street on June 12 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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