Over 30 youngsters turned out for the free Teddy Bear Picnic at the North Thompson Fairgrounds on Aug. 13, which was hosted by Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach. Families accompanied their kids who brought favourite teddy bears or stuffies to take part in the teddy bear parade and to get their favourite stuffies checked out by the teddy bear doctor. Everyone received a certificate of teddy bear good health, enjoyed watermelon and cake, had their faces painted, played games, checked out the WildSafeBC Bear Aware Booth, and even had an opportunity to make friends with baby ducks. The three hour family picnic was filled with laughter and fun, with all the children receiving a new stuffy and a goody bag to go home with. Find more photographs on page 12.