A happy youngster enjoying the toys at the 2nd Annual Indoor Teddy Bear Picnic at the Ridge in Barriere on Feb. 1, 2020. (Jill Hayward photo)

Indoor Teddy Bear Picnic a whole lot of fun in Barriere

What a wonderful picnic it was!

Children, plus parents, caregivers and friends filled the gymnasium at the Barriere Ridge on Saturday, Feb. 1, for three hours of laughter, play, yummy snacks, music and happiness during the 2nd Annual Indoor Teddy Bear Picnic.

Music for the event was provided by entertainer Gordie West who sang a never ending number of songs that were just perfect for a family event, and his music kept everyone toe tapping and dancing.

A small group of volunteers made the day for all who attended, with special mention to the amazing Doctor Goldilocks (Lorene Fennell) who health checked dozens of stuffies, as well as the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association Ambassadors Haille Johnson and Jonathan Fennell, past Ambassador Taylor Johnson, and volunteers Leslie Harpauer, Michelle Johnson, Donna Kibble, Judy Armstrong, and Carmen Endler.

The North Thompson Museum and Barriere and District Heritage Society were onsite doing a super job providing the food and overseeing the refreshment table.

The entire event proved a fun way to spend a winter day indoors by unplugging and playing with kids and family. Attendees, both young and old alike, got to meet new friends and socialize. Youngsters played, sang, danced, ran around, used the slides, and built Lego marvels.

This annual Indoor Teddy Bear Picnic held during Literacy Week in B.C. was hosted by Interior Savings for their Unplug and Play Week, Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach, Yellowhead Community Services, and the North Thompson Star Journal.

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Teddy Bear Parade winners pose for a photo at the 2nd Annual Indoor Teddy Bear Picnic held at the Ridge in Barriere on Feb. 1, 2020. Those taking home top prizes included overall winner Claire (who won a giant bear), reserve overall winner Damien, Odin was awarded the ‘best boy’ prize , and Lily was awarded ‘best girl’. (Jill Hayward photo)

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