by Andru McCracken

Valemountain Days needs one hundred volunteers doing 2 hour shifts, so if you support the cherished annual event, get in touch with its newly-elected president Jennifer Scheller.

Scheller was elected Sunday night as the president of the Valemount Sports Day Committee, the organization that puts on Valemountain Days. She has already been working for weeks to get things ready. She had 30 letters signed, stamped and sealed ready to go out to the vast number of partner organizations required to put on the event.

“I was happy with the turnout at the AGM and I’m happy we got a new board,” said Scheller. “Now we will be busy planning the fun weekend event.”

The event is a big one and presents a massive logistical challenge – she’ll need 30 volunteers to run the concession alone.

Scheller’s new team is a complete sweep from last year’s committee except for Charlotte Abernathy, who is still on the board as past president. Twyla Hocken stepped up as vice president, Leaha Johnson is the Secretary Treasurer, and the new directors are Monika Springer, Shay Bernicky, Krista Bachrach, Darci Peever and Heather Tremblay Michaud.

The committee is looking for someone to take on the role of parade marshall (who will have the help of volunteer Gail Burbidge).

Because of the quick run-up to the Valemountain Days weekend June 8-10th, Scheller said she’s planning to run the festival very much like in previous years.

Activities this year include a street dance and activities for kids on Friday night; a parade (with a new route through town, avoiding the frontage road) on Sunday morning; bouncy castles at the arena, a dunk tank, a baking contest, raffle table, a watermelon eating contest and the much-loved Loggers Sports, where locals compete in various “traditional” logging activities.

The baseball tourney and beer garden will also return, pending permission for the venues.

If you want to have a blast in June, sign up on the newly minted Valemountain Days 2018 facebook page.