Loose Ends rocked on the main stage at last year's MissionFest. This year's event takes place Saturday

Mission Fest set for July 26

Bring the family downtown for the annual celebration

Mission’s largest street party is set to take place on July 26.

The fourth annual Mission Fest is a way for downtown business owners to say thank you to their customers, said organizer Rhett Nicholson.

“We’re a part of the community and this is how we give back.”

Three blocks of First Avenue from Horne Street to Grand Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be eight bouncy castles, including Alcatraz, a 40-foot-long structure that even adults can jump in.

“I’m going to go on it five times,” said Nicholson light-heartedly, while emphasizing there is no charge to attend the event or participate in any of the activities.

Music will be on every block and there will be pony rides at the Mission Farmers’ Market on Second Avenue. The museum and archives will also have displays.

“I look forward to walking down the street and seeing the happy faces on the kids,” shared Nicholson.

The car show will feature race cars and race bikes, and Celebration of Community, an event that focuses on non-profit organizations, will be included in the event.

Mission singer Kenny Hess will be performing on the Rockin’ River stage along with numerous local bands and the winner of the singing contest will have a chance to perform at this year’s Rockin’ River Country Music Festival in August.

“There are a lot of neat stores downtown to check out too,” added Nicholson.

For more information about the festival, visit downtownmission.ca.