River Market ‘Goes Country’ to Raise Funds for Royal Columbian Hospital

River Market will step back in time to reinvent a Royal Columbian Hospital tradition: the Country Fair fundraiser. From 1943 to 1969 RCH volunteers invited residents to the “Come One, Come All to Country Fair” held at the City Market in New Westminster. During this year’s Canada Day long weekend, River Market will host an updated version of the Country Fair in a four-day fundraising extravaganza celebrating RCH’s history and contribution to New Westminster.

River Market will step back in time to reinvent a Royal Columbian Hospital tradition: the Country Fair fundraiser. From 1943 to 1969 RCH volunteers invited residents to the “Come One, Come All to Country Fair” held at the City Market in New Westminster. During this year’s Canada Day long weekend, River Market will host an updated version of the Country Fair in a four-day fundraising extravaganza celebrating RCH’s history and contribution to New Westminster.

Kicking off the weekend celebration, River Market will host an evening fundraiser “150 & Going Strong” on Thursday June 28th featuring celebrated rhythm and blues musicians Lesismore and a menu of fantastic BC wines paired with local food prepared by River Market restaurants. Historians Dale and Archie Miller will regale guests with stories from the hospital’s incredible 150 year history. Tickets for the fundraiser are just $35 and can be purchased online.

On Friday June 29th River Market Food Hall will be transformed into a walk-in movie theatre where families can watch Footloose and grab dinner from one of the many restaurants including newly opened Re-Up BBQ and Wally’s Burgers.

Saturday June 30th is when the Fraser Goes South! The Market will be overrun with gingham, hay bales, sunflowers and specially handcrafted tea bar by Great Wall Tea. There will be entertainment for the whole family including a performance by the Vancouver Circus School, Square Dancers and musical performance by the New Westminster Secondary Jazz Quintet. River Market patio will play host to a bevy of country fair novelty games, animals from KJM’s Southland Farm location and so much more. Thankfully the prizes for winning the novelty games will not include a squirrel cape, which was a featured prize at the 1948 Country Fair! A perfect way to wrap up the weekend and to celebrate Canada Day will be a pancake breakfast at Paddlewheeler Pub from 8am – 10am continued with a Crepes breakfast, music, face painters and Canada Day fun for all.

Proceeds from all four event days will benefit the recently established Brooklyn’s Wish Fund in support of Royal Columbian Hospital families who due to unexpected medical circumstances require their newborns to receive care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU.). Families often struggle with travelling time, parking and paying for accommodation while their newborn receives care and Brooklyn’s Wish Fund was set up to help parents and caregivers as much as possible.

For more information on how you can take part in River Market Country Fair festivities please contact call 604-520-3881, email events@rivermarket.ca or visit rivermarket.ca/events.

Melissa Maltais

Melissa still considers herself a new mom even though her child is almost two. She writes about her parenting adventures on her website The Hungry Taurus. She can be found at the Royal City Farmers Market and at many food centered events around New West. Melissa has a new found passion for yoga which she hopes counteracts all the wine drinking with other new moms. She is co-founder of a super cool new food product coming out this year called Seedibles.

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