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A special ‘homegrown’ Bowfest
The day that we celebrate Bowen Island and come together as a community for our annual end of summer festival has finally arrived!
We hope that everyone comes out to enjoy the day, spend time with your family, reconnect with friends and neighbours, and celebrate all that our lovely island has to offer.
The Bowfest Board has tried to round up as many homegrown items as possible for this event, and we are happy to say that without exception, everything we have to offer is because of, and highlighting, all that is Bowen Island.
Our main stage talent is a veritable who’s who of Bowen personalities, and includes a few performers who have had the privilege of growing up here. We kick off the day with the Shari Ulrich Trio, which includes 23 year old Julia Graff, and 22 year old Ted Littlemore, both of whom can remember their days of pre-school on the island, and who have for the last 3 summers toured all across Canada performing with Shari Ulrich. Sisters Brittni and Georgia Dominelli continue the family musical legacy with another performance showcasing their sweet harmonies. Finally, not to be outdone on the youth front, IPS graduate Nicole Gibson brings her band to the Bowfest stage for the first time.
We have a number of reliable Bowen classics also slated to perform, including Earl Jenkins, Tony Beck, Nelson Lepine (who first performed at Bowfest in the 80’s), Ron Van Dyke and Brenda Reid (back from their other home in Mexico!), Deer in the Headlights, and the Walk on Dead.
Our Youth Centre leader, and musician extraordinaire, John Stiver brings with him harmonica player Jerome Godboo, who has performed with the likes of Prince, The Tragically Hip, Levon Helm, Jeff Healey, Ronnie Hawkins and many more. The evening culminates with favorite local boy done good, Adam Woodall and his band of seasoned rockers.
The rest of the day equally reflects our community, with a concerted effort to have a near-zero waste event with Bowen Island Waste/Metro Vancouver/CAWES, the Legion’s Beer Garden and our Food Vendors all doing their part. We are lucky to have Bowen’s Flow Riders bring their dare-devil antics to our crowd, our Games and Rides company is Bowen owned and employs some islanders, and all of our Food Vendors are local folks, including a salad food truck run by local Hood Point girl Christina Culver!
We would be remiss to not mention the perennial favourite of Bowfest, the Country Fair, where for decades the homegrown flavor of Bowen Island could be seen and tasted. Finally, what would Bowfest be without the memories of the adrenaline pumping action of the Slug Races?
We hope everyone enjoys the day, and we wish to thank our generous sponsors and the volunteers who have helped make this event happen. Bowen Island has once again lived up to this year’s theme of “Island Paradise!”