Rossland was bustling this weekend as Golden City Days celebrations took over the town. There was something for everyone, with the parade, music and sports going on all over town.
This year, due to the construction, the parade and most festivities were moved to upper Rossland, which helped turn the focus from the parade to the Fall Fair and other activities going on around the Rossland arena.
Events began earlier in the week with a historical talk by Ron Shearer on the Chinese and Chinatown of Rossland and a workshop on how to get published.
Starting Friday, the Rossland Historical Museum was open all weekend and hosted interpretive tours all day. Friday night, An Evening of Entertainment Extravaganza featured Rossland-born comedian Tara Holmes and her comedy.
Saturday started off with pancake breakfast put on by the Rossland firefighters at the fire hall.
Also that morning, mountain bikers were practicing for the Dread Head Super D course on Larch Ridge, before the event began in the afternoon.
At 11 a.m. the Golden City Days parade marched on its alternate route, which began at Jubilee Park, down St. Paul, proceeded down Second Avenue, before stopping in Nickleplate Park. Some of the notable floats included the Golden City Fiddlers, Teck and past grad classes of Rossland Secondary.
After the parade finished, the Fall Fair and festivities around it went into full swing. Outside the arena, live music played on the stage, craft vendors sold goods and food was sold by the Trail Kiwanis Club, Trail Rotary Club and Golden City Lions.
An inflatable fun park was erected for the kids, as well as face painting and a petting zoo, with goats, rabbits and roosters.
The KAST science booth featured the Raptor’s Ridge Birds of Prey exhibit.
In the afternoon, crowds headed down to the Centennial Jumps to watch bikers hit massive jumps in the Huck en Berries Jump Jam.
Later that night there was music at the newly renovated Rossland Legion and many other places in Rossland.
Sunday began with the Golden City Grind, featuring 10 km, 5 km and kids’ races. Many headed up to the Centennial Trailhead to race and watch the race, with proceeds going to the Black Jack Ski Club skier development.
The weekend finished off with the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby Championship where last year’s champions, Rossland’s Gnarlie’s Angels, took on Salmo Babes of Brutality, in a rematch. The results were the same as last year, with the Angels taking the Golden Boot, though in much more convincing fashion than last year – with a score of 198-70.