Lumby Gears Up for the Hockeyville Winner Announcement

The month of March has been an exciting one for the Village of Lumby to say the least.

But the fun and anticipation isn’t over quite yet. Preparations are underway for the final announcement, the one that will award either BC’s Lumby or Quebec’s Saint-Isidore the title of Kraft Hockeyville and the pre-season NHL game that goes along with it.

Lumby’s Hockeyville organizer Angie Clowry said the crew in town has been preparing with a community wide clean-up and garage sale. With the province and Canada’s eyes on Lumby during Saturday’s announcement, Clowry said the people in the community have really stepped up to showcase the best of Lumby.

“If you are walking around town, please pick up any garbage that you see,” Clowry wrote on Lumby’s Kraft Hockeyville Facebook page.

“I am happy to give away prizes to those who show they are picking up garbage in Lumby all week.”

Lumby’s Pat Duke Memorial Arena has already been awarded a $100,000 in arena upgrades. The grand prize of hosting an NHL pre-season game will be announced on Saturday, April 2nd.

While Clowry said she is thrilled to see Pat Duke Arena win the upgrades, her focus has been on showcasing all that Lumby has to offer. With Saturday’s big announcement being broadcast nationwide, Clowry said “the better we look, the better chance we have at inviting tourists, campers, new residents and maybe an investor or two to the area.”

Saturday’s events have been planned for months and include a scavenger hunt for Vancouver Canuck home-game tickets at 11 a.m. and live music with kid’s activities at 11:30 a.m. NHL alumni will also be on hand to meet and greet guests.

Community members and guests are then invited to make their way to Pat Duke Memorial Arena for 3 p.m. to watch ball hockey and wait for the Hockeyville announcement.

Sportsnet will be broadcasting the grand prize winner on Saturday evening.

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