Festival builds community in Cloverdale

CLAYTON – Like the community it aims to build, a local festival is growing -and fast.

 

Starting six years ago as a "little, tiny get together," the Clayton Community Festival’s noble goal of bringing neighbours together seems to have resonated with residents.

 

Last year, the festival drew almost 3,000 people.

 

"It’s growing and growing every year," said co-organizer Jen Temple. "People are chatting about when it’s coming up and are looking forward to it now."

 

And like the festival itself, Clayton is an area that has had a particularly large growth in a short period of time, which makes community-building events that much more important, she adds.

 

Temple organizes the annual festival along with Michelle Howe from Clayton Crossing. Temple said Saturday’s free family event not only gives people a chance to meet new neighbours, it also gives them a chance to connect with – and support – local businesses.

 

And the event, co-sponsored by the City of Surrey, is geared towards families – there will be love music, bouncy castles, skateboarding and BMX tricksters.

 

"It’s really meant to bring the community together."

 

The Clayton Community Festival is set for Saturday (May 9), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch for different events in two separate parking lots – one in Clayton Crossing (in front of Shoppers) and one in Hillcrest Village (in front of Save-On Foods).

 

Clayton Crossing and Hillcrest Village Shopping Centre are located on opposite sides of Fraser Highway just west of 188th Street in Surrey.

 

bsimpson@thenownewspaper.com

Just Posted

Province to pass $1.25-million repair bill for South Surrey overpass on to ICBC

152 Street overpass was struck by overheight truck on Dec. 4, 2017

Ex-Mountie who investigated ‘Surrey six’ murders gets conditional sentence

Derek Brassington pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday

How fallen Surrey Mountie’s Stetson ended up in Europe puzzles police

Constable Terry Draginda’s hat is repatriated after being found at a flea market in Hamburg, Germany

Delta considering extending tax freeze, fee waiver for developers on Scott Road

The incentives are aimed at creating more diverse development in the area, says Delta’s city manager

Surrey social justice activist wins Sher Vancouver’s Youth Leadership Award

Shilpa Narayan says her work is about ‘ensuring a safe space’ for marginalized youth

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

Missing man from Crowsnest Pass could be in Lower Mainland

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Most Read