There’s lots to see and do at Lake Days 2017. (Gazette File)

There’s lots to see and do at Lake Days 2017. (Gazette File)

Lake Days schedule of events

Monday (June 5)

Lady of the Lake Strawberry Tea

6 p.m., Lower Centennial Hall

$2 Seniors only

This longstanding tea is held for the seniors community of Lake Cowichan. Reigning Lady of the Lake royalty emcee the event, at which tea, coffee and strawberry shortcake are served.

Admission is $2. It’s a yummy opportunity to meet the outgoing Lady of the Lake and her court, who have represented the town all year.

School heritage dedication

4:45 p.m., Lisa’s Fit Stop

Who remembers the Cowichan Lake School on Renfrew Road? To some of us younger folks we know this heritage building as Lisa’s Fit Stop! Did you know the Cowichan Valley’s School Heritage Society will be “unveiling” and recognizing this school?

The public is welcome to attend. This event will start off Lake Days.

Wednesday (June 7)

Lady of the Lake Opportunity Night

6:30 p.m., Upper Community Hall

$5 admission

A casual event where members of the community get to witness the talents of the Lady of the Lake contestants.

There are 11 contestants this year, and each has been working hard to perfect their talents in order to entertain the audience.

The event takes place in the Upper Centennial Hall and admission is $5 for all ages.

Friday (June 9)

Lady of the Lake Grand Ball

5 p.m., Upper Centennial Hall

The Lady of the Lake Grand Ball is simply elegant. Enjoy dinner, a fashion show, speeches, impromptu questions and watch for candidates to receive special awards. This year’s 11 candidates will also be providing the audience with a performance of their talents.

$35 tickets available at the Footwear Centre

Community Pizza Party and Dance

4-9 p.m.

Adult beverage garden, dance to live music.

Battle of the Bands

Saturday (June 10)

Breakfast on the Town

7 a.m., Lake Cowichan Fire Hall, North Shore Road FREE

Sponsored by Country Grocer and CVRD Areas F and I; hosted by the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce

Grand Parade

11 a.m., South Shore Road

During the Parade, South Shore Road will be closed from Neva Road (OK Tire) through to Wellington Road (IDA Pharmacy)

Community Fair

Saywell Park, 12 – 6 p.m.

Admission by donation

The Community Fair features a whole host of activities including Canada 150 Totem Pole carving, a petting zoo, dunk tank, free kids games from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., two bouncy castles, 50/50 draws, raffle prizes and a beverage garden (12 p.m.-6 p.m.). All admission donation go towards a new playground at Kin Duck Pond Park.

Lady of the Lake Crowning

2 p.m.

Saywell Park Stage

The crowning is the moment this year’s 11 Lady of the Lake contestants have been waiting for. Judges will have whittled down their decision throughout the week of Lake Days events to three Lady of the Lake ambassadors, including the Lady of the Lake, First Princess and Second Princess.

Logger Events

1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Back by popular demand is Logger Events at Saywell Park. Take part in nail drive, axe throw and choker races — divisions for all ages. Register at the grounds before 1 p.m. for all events.

Sports Wall of Fame induction ceremony

Cowichan Lake Sports Arena

4-6 p.m.

Town Steak Dinner

Saturday night at the Grounds, 6 p.m.

$7.50

Come down to Saywell Park and break bread with your neighbours during the Town of Lake Cowichan’s annual steak dinner. Tickets are available at the town office.

Lake Days Dance

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Cowichan Lake Sports Arena

Back by popular demand, Row of Crowz will once again be doing popular covers of classic rock hits from the ’70s to the present . Tickets $20, available at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. This is a licensed event, so no minors.

Sunday (June 11)

Family Fun Day

Saywell Park, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Community Services Kids Games and Races start at 12 p.m. Sponsored by Cowichan Lake Community Services. The beverage garden is open from noon until 6 p.m. and raffle winners will be announced.

Kinsmen Ducky Derby Race

Duck Pond and Cowichan River

Get your tickets from any Kinsmen

Duck launch 2 p.m.

Check out thousands of plastic ducks as they make their way down the Cowichan River in the annual Ducky Derby, hosted by the Kinsmen and Kinettes of Lake Cowichan. The ducks enter the water at the Duck Pond.

Eagle Eyes

One of only two Eagles tribute bands in North America, admission FREE

Saywell Park main stage 3-5 p.m. during the Gourmet BBQ — corn on the cob and baked potatoes!

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