Big prizes and big plans in place for Family Fun Derby

JCI Kootenay and their organizing team have made some big plans and put together some big prizes.

The Family Fun Derby will take place Monday February 8

The Family Fun Derby will take place Monday February 8

For the Townsman

Now that the annual event has moved to Fort Steele, JCI Kootenay and their organizing team have made some big plans and put together some big prizes.

For kids, they will get a chance to win an Xbox One with a game, or a 50″ LED TV. For the adults there will be a full size 2 man pontoon boat up for grabs. Both of these major prizes will be awarded through fishing and casting related games, but if that’s not your strong suit don’t worry. There are literally hundreds of other prizes to be won through various games, door prizes and other contests throughout the day.

The Family Fun Derby will take place Monday February 8th from 10am-3pm at Fort Steele Heritage Town and have activities for all ages. In addition to the traditional games and crafts, there will be a kids movie (Finding Nemo) playing at the Wildhorse Theatre, horse drawn sleigh rides, best dressed dog contest and don’t forget to bring your skates as the Kootenay Ice will be there to play hockey with the kids on outdoor ice surface. For the parents, there will be 50/50 draws, silent auction, adult door prizes plus hot food and beverages will be available for all by donation.

The event is a fundraiser for local children with cancer. Proceeds are distributed by the Canadian Cancer Socizety to help with travel to and accommodations at treatment, as well as support services. Children faced with cancer across the Kootenays will also be entered into a draw for a Disneyland vacation donated by Dacota Freight or a Sunshine Houseboats vacation on Lake Koocanusa. If you know an affected family that wants to attend the event and/or participate in the draw, please contact Mike Matejka @ 250-919-5532.

Tickets purchased for the ice fishing derby can be used for the Family Fun Derby and will also be available at Fort Steele Heritage Town on the day of the event. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16 and seniors. For other information about the event please visit or

The Derby team would like to thank its event partner Fort Steele Heritage Town along with WHALE sponsors Genex Marketing, Tim Hortons, Dacota Freight, Sunshine Houseboats, Caliper Machine & Hydraulic, Williams Moving and Storage, Economy Vacuum Tankers, Kootenay Knitting and Summit 107.

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