by Andru McCracken

The 2016 Valemountain Days parade comes right down 5th Ave, while kids flock to get their share of candy. / EVAN MATTHEWS

There are a lot of new things being added to this years’ Valemountain Day’s extravaganza according to Valemount Sports Days President Jennifer Scheller. This year the village festival will feature a baking contest (items must be dropped off between 10 and 12:30 on Saturday), a chili cook off and a mock jail. Entry fees and bail money (only paid by others, you can’t bail yourself out) will go towards next year’s festival.

If being incarcerated and cooking aren’t your thing, there is going to be a watermelon eating contest on Saturday near the bandstand, the baking will be sold off by the slice after it’s been judged and there will be a mini-donut truck serving healthy sugar dipped donuts on Sunday.

Some time tested favorites will happen again this year including the logger sports on Sunday.

There is also rumours of a dunk tank that may help cool off current and former politicians and community figures.

There will be lots of music this year including performers at the street dance starting at 5pm on Friday. Things kick off with the Old Timers, followed by Cat Crowley, John Crowley, Blue Syntax feat. Jeff Jewett and finish off with Captain High Beam and the Bright Light Boys (Mike Berkenpas and band).

There is also live music Saturday 1:30pm-5pm at the SportsPlex.

Valemount only sees this kind of action once a year, so if you’re in jail, break out (though the risk of reincarceration is high).

In short, Valemountain Days is coming back strong, See you there!