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Posted: January 27, 2016

Bad ice moves Family Fun Derby back to Fort Steele

Same day, same games, same prizes, same fun for the entire family, and same worthy cause, just a different location.

Family Fun DerbyDue to another year of variable weather and uncertain ice conditions, JCI Kootenay has decided to move the Family Fun Derby event to Fort Steele Heritage Town.

The JCI Kootenay derby organizing team visited Horseshoe Lake recently and although the ice may be adequate for a person to walk on, it was not near the thickness required for the very large groups of people and infrastructure that comes with the event.

“It’s not a fun decision to make,” said Derby Marketing and Communications lead Mike Matejka. “However, the safety of the participants and the desire to guarantee an event that will raise money for kids with cancer makes it an easier choice. We have to action our backup plan with enough lead time, and we can’t take into account weather forecasts that may or may not improve the ice situation.”

Last year's Family Fun Day at Fort Steele Heritage Town. e-KNOW file photos
Last year’s Family Fun Day at Fort Steele Heritage Town. e-KNOW file photos

The Family Fun Derby will take place Monday, February 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Steele Heritage Town and have activities for all ages. Look forward to wagon rides, tug-o war, sack races, fishing-themed games and crafts, and a movie in the Wildhorse Theatre. There will also be games and prizes for adults including a silent auction and 50/50 draw. Hot food and Tim Hortons coffee and chili will be available by donation.

The event is a fundraiser for local children with cancer. Proceeds are distributed by the Canadian Cancer Society to help with travel to and accommodations at treatment, as well as support services. Children faced with cancer across the Kootenays will also be entered into a draw for a Disneyland vacation donated by Dacota Freight or a Sunshine Houseboats vacation on Lake Koocanusa.

Stay tuned for further information about major prizes and activities as JCI Kootenay works with Fort Steele Heritage Town to make this an unforgettable event.

Tickets purchased for the ice fishing derby can be used for the Family Fun Derby. Tickets will also be available at Fort Steele Heritage Town leading up to and on the day of the event. Tickets are $5 for children under 16 and seniors, and $10 for adults. For other information about the event including ticket locations please visit them at or, or call them at 250-919-3511.

The Family Fishing Derby would like to thank its WHALE sponsors Dacota Freight, Caliper Machine & Hydraulic, Economy Vacuum Tankers, Genex Marketing, Kootenay Knitting, Summit 107, Sunshine Houseboats,Tim Hortons and Williams Moving and Storage.

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