Itâ€™s going to be a big event â€“ in fact, according to organizers, itâ€™s going to be a great big event. Itâ€™s called the Great Big JRBQ and itâ€™s taking over all of the Langley Events Centre (LEC), inside and out, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine.
Vancouver-based radio station JRfm is making the road trip to Langley to spend the day with co-organizers from the LEC and everyone who comes out to the party. The station will be on air from the event the entire time.
When radio jocks arenâ€™t on air, they will be taking part in challenges like the dunk tank, gladiator jousting, and mechanical bull riding. For a donation to the Basics for Babies program the public can sign up at the LEC box office to challenge radio jocks at certain events.
JRfm promotions coordinator, Terra Lindsay noted with all thatâ€™s going on, everyone will find something fun to do.
â€œItâ€™s free to attend,â€ she noted, adding, â€œall the carnival games are just a dollar each and that money will go to Basics for Babies once costs are covered.â€
Of course there will be music. Country artists like One more Girl, Madeline Merlo, Wes Mack, and AJ Woodworth are scheduled to perform on site.
With a name like the Great Big JRBQ, itâ€™s no doubt food will play a large role. Four food trucks will be on site in the LEC parking lot in what LEC event coordinator, Tiffany Vellios calls â€œFood Truck Alleyâ€. Blue Smoke BBQ,
Beavertails Pastries, Mamaâ€™s Fish & Chips, Garbanzos, and Marthaâ€™s Kettle corn will be on hand.
Carnival games will include rides, obstacle courses, rock climbing walls, mini golf, and more. Plus, there will be a passport-style scavenger hunt.
â€œItâ€™s part of the LEC open house,â€ Lindsay said. â€œVisitors can grab a passport to go around and visit the booths of the LEC partners. When theyâ€™re done, they fill out the ballot and can win all sorts of prizes.â€
Local sports teams, Langley Gymnastics Foundation, KidsSport Langley, and many others make up the partners who will have booths in around the LEC site.
It will be the ideal time to check out all that the facility has to offer with tours happening, games of 3 on 3 basketball with Basketball BC, the Dennis Hickey Memorial Lacrosse Tournament, and activities with Trinity Western University in the centreâ€™s gym.
â€œAccess Youth Outreach Services is also going to be there talking about what they do,â€ Lindsay said.
Look for the fun on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre in the parking lot, plazas, outside gates 11 and 12, and in the building.