Mission Fest draws in crowds

First Avenue was closed to vehicle traffic almost all day Saturday

Hundreds of people attended Mission Fest Saturday on First Avenue.

Elevated temperatures Saturday did little to stem the tide of people flocking to First Avenue for the second annual Mission Fest.

According to Mission Downtown Business Association spokesperson Ronda Cushnie, the high level of support from residents and local businesses helped make the event a bigger success than last year.

Downtown merchants “really stepped up” and showed they’re good neighbours, said Cushnie, explaining that many brought out freezies during the day to help beat the heat, and contributed financially so that most events and activities were free for attendees, including the ever-popular bouncy castle.

Musical entertainment from bands like Kitchen Sync and Ennact lent a true festive air to the event, which saw First Avenue completely closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Another popular draw was Mission fire department’s ladder truck and the new engine, which were on-site for a good portion of the day, said Cushnie.

The show and shine drew 45 vehicles to First Avenue, and winner of best street car was Pierre Beaudoin, with his 1967 Mustang, while Len Gibbons’ 1953 MG TD2 took the coolest car trophy, handed out by Mission Mayor Ted Adlem.

Cushnie said Mission Fest will happen in 2013, and organizers will bring in some large tents for shade.

Among the major contributors were block sponsors Fraser Valley Building Supplies, Jodway Law, Rona and Rockin’ River Music Festival.

“Even though it was held downtown, it’s definitely what I would call a community event,” said Cushnie.

Just Posted

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

Downtown Mission: Ready to revitalize

With the bidding process underway, construction could start by mid-March

Guilty plea issued in case where man, 86, was assaulted and robbed

Hughie Stump pleads guilty to break-and-enter in relation to Abbotsford incident

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

UPDATE: 24-year-old Lovepreet Dhaliwal ID’d as victim in targeted Abbotsford shooting

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

VIDEO: AND THE WINNERS ARE …

Mission Chamber announces Business Excellence Awards winners

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Most Read