South Surrey Festival returns to rec centre

Intergenerational community event set for July 25.

Thousands are expected to take in the South Surrey Festival July 25.

Upwards of a thousand revellers are expected to gather on the Peninsula later this month, as the South Surrey Festival returns for a day full of family fun.

The free event is set to take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25 at the South Surrey Recreation Centre plaza, indoor facilities and surrounding athletic park.

The community festival, now in its fifth year, offers a diverse lineup of activities and entertainment throughout the day, aimed at appealing to a crowd of all ages, according to festival organizer Jay Deo.

“We really focus on trying to make the event as intergenerational as possible,” Deo said.

The main stage will have a lineup of musicians and dancers, including local Celtic artist Brian Flanagan. There will also be family-themed physical fitness challenges taking place at various times, including a fitness circuit and yoga demonstration.

The Surrey Rides All Wheel Jam is on tap for the skate bowl, and there will be plenty of arts, crafts, face painting and other activities for children.

The City of Surrey has partnered with a number of community organizations for the festival, including Semiahmoo Arts, which will be hosting community art easels; Sources Community Resources, which will be running a barbecue; the Surrey RCMP, which will have their Safety Bear on site; and local Rotary Clubs, offering free lemonade and cookies.

Local vendors will also be setting up shop in a marketplace, according to Deo, who said there are a few vendor spots still available for the festival – anyone interested in taking part can call 604-592-6972.  To find out more, visit http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/13487.aspx

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