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Kimberley Chronicle Issue # 10.

Kimberley Chronicle Issue # 10.

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Published by Wade Jarvis
In this issue we have the history of Kimberley's KIOTAC.
In this issue we have the history of Kimberley's KIOTAC.

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Published by: Wade Jarvis on Nov 19, 2012
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Kimberley Chronicle

Your Biweekly Source for Kimberley’s Past, Present & Future July 16, 2012 Volume 10


Welcome to our tenth edition of Kimberley Chronicle! Love it or hate it, festival season is here and in full swing. For the small and strange worlds of accordions and bocce balls, Kimberley is the place to be in July. In this edition we have another story about some Kimberley folk not waiting for permission to do something positive for the community. We also have a list of JulyFest Events; you may think that your liver can’t handle another JulyFest, but there is an event for everyone, whether it be participating or spectating. As ususal we love hearing feedback from our readers - good and bad. All comments can be directed to kimberleychronicle@gmail.com.


You could be forgiven for thinking that it was a group of die-hard accordion fans that got together to start the Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships (KIOTAC). Who else would want to invite that many accordions into town? When the Chamber of Commerce president in 1973 suggested an accordion festival everyone laughed and went on brainstorming ideas. That planted the seed in Bill Baerg’s head. Who else was inviting accordions and the people playing them to town? It turns out nobody was. The first few KIOTAC festivals were smallish affairs with people coming from as far away as Saskatchewan and Washington State. Accordion players weren’t used to fitting in; and the idea of getting together once a year, camping out and playing music at all hours of the day with other accordion players was a hit. While it was a fun time, it wasn’t exactly creating much revenue (kind of like small biweely newspapers). They didn’t have money but Bill could set up a mean sound system and co-founder Edwin Erickson could play the accordion so they at least had the basics covered. The city and school board didn’t always appreciate not getting paid on time for arena (continued on page 2)

Attack of the Accordions!

(continued from page 1) and auditorium rentals but they eventually gave up. The festival started to take off once Bill managed to book Myron Floren from the Lawrence Welk Show and got a $1000 prize donated from Columbia Recycle. With a real celebrity to attract the fans and some cash to attract the competitors, Kimberley was being invaded by accordions. The old Happy Hans campground up by the ski hill was full of accordion players playing music at all hours. Non-accordion campers Kimberley Heritage Museum were warned, this was a Polka-Party campground during KIOTAC. Lifelong friendships were made, and everyone involved 105 Spokane Street - above the library had a blast. Next year will mark the 40th accordion assault on Monday - Friday 1pm - 4pm Kimberley, it is not known how much longer after that the fesPhone: 250-427-7510 tival will go on. Accordion players are an aging crowd, however Email: kdhs@shawbiz.ca a new generation of accordion afficianados is coming up the Entry Fee - By Donation ranks, whether there are enough of them to support a weeklong festival remains to be seen. One thing is for sure though, Kimberley earned it’s “Bavarian City of the Rockies” and “City Firewood For Sale of Festivals” monikers thanks to people like Bill Baerg who Pine, Split & Delivered would rather beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission $100/Pickup Load to get things going. Time to switch gears, from accordions to bocce balls, here are some things going on for JulyFest Weekend. The bocce, socHappy Hands Tattoo cer and triples co-ed volleyball tournaments are going on all weekend at the bocce pits, Rotary Ball Field, and various soccer pitches arount town. New this year will be a $2 wristband required for all adults not registered on a bocce team to enter the licensed area. Money raised will go to the bands and char418 - 304th St 778-481-5000 ity. Marysville Heritage School will be having an Open House each day of the weekend from 11am-3pm. Here is a schedule of some of the other JulyFest events.


JulyFest Schedule


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Friday July 20

5:15pm - 8pm: Mad Hatter Fun Race. Registration from 5:15 to 5:45, race starts at 6:00. Refreshements, prizes and celebration at 7:30. Starts at Platzl.

***New Location for 2012*** Lions Park - Marysville (beside Marysville Arena) Sundays 10-2 June 17 - September2 Vendors call 250-427-3666

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Saturday July 21

Tuck & Owen’s Lawn Care 8am: JulyFest 5K & 10K Race. Starts at the Swan Avenue entrance to the Nature Park. Register before the race (7:307:50 am), $5. 250-427-0593 10:30am - 12pm: 40th Annual JulyFest Parade, Starts at Howard St. & Wallinger Ave, proceeds from Wallinger Ave to Specializing in Marysville Lawns Rotary Drive and ends at Civic Centre. 11am - 4pm: KidsFest feat PT the Clown. Bouncy castle, face painting, music and more at the Platzl. Try Advertising in 9pm - 2am: Boogie Saturday Night at the Civic Centre, feaKimberley Chronicle turing Boogie Supreme. 19+, tickets are $17 at the door. We’ll Make it Worth Your While kimberleychronicle@gmail.com 250-427-5430 Sunday July 22 10am - 2pm: Kimberley Village Market beside Marysville Arena. Tryna’s Eventz 12pm - 4pm: 8th Annual Sullivan Challenge Extreme Memories made to last a lifetime! Stand-Up Skateboard Race, by the Sullivan. Katryna Sigurdson
1) What is the world’s second most popular sport after soccer? 2) What is a “squeezebox”? 3) What US State has the accordion as it’s “Official Musical Instrument” 4) What fabric print was named to cash in on a 1840’s musical craze? 5) How many countries use the term “soccer” A set of nine stone bowling pins was unearthed from the tomb of an Egyptianb child buried around 5200 BC. American inventor Charles Goodyear invented the first rubber soccer ball in 1855. Prior to that, soccer balls were usually made from pigs’ bladders.
The Kimberley Branch of the Order of the Eastern Star is collecting postage stamps, Campbell Soup Labels and Pop Can Tabs for various charities. These items can be dropped off at Curves or at 960 Rotary.


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Trivia Answers

The term “soccer” was coined when Charles Wreford Brown was asked if he played rugby. He said “no, soccer” computers - networks - communications 250-432-5269 SOC was a short form for football 101 370 Wallinger assSOCiation. Rugy players called themselves “ruggers”, so he added “er” Kimberley’s Got Balls to SOC to get soccer.

Conversation didn’t seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor. Lawrence Welk The United States has more bagpipe bands than Scotland does.

(check out our facebook page) Pre-Tox Drop-In B-Ball Thursday 5:30 pm at court on Stemwinder (up at ski hill) Detox Sunday Soccer Sunday at noon-ish at Blarchmont Field

Bike Polo Mondays Wednesday July 18: Wild West Wednesdays at Fort Steele. Mondays Nights at 6 Wednesday July 18: Free Family Swim, 6-7 PM. Sponsored Bring bike, helmet, homemade by the Kimberley Health Care Auxiliary. mallet (loaners available) Friday July 20: Mad Hatter Scavenger Hunt. All ages, all abilities, meet at the Platzl Gazebo at 6 pm. Kimberley Forest Friday July 20: Roller Derby at Marysville Arena, 19+. Friday July 20 - Sunday July 22: Julyfest. Consulting Sunday July 22: Sullivan Challenge, longboarding on Ross Your forest expert. Street & Jennings Ave. Premiminary races at 12 pm, official races at 2 pm. Wildfire Assessments, Friday July 27: FREE ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS. Zumba Forest Development Plans, Fitness Classes start at Montain Pose Yoga Studio, Fridays Ecosystem Management, 6-7 pm. First Class is FREE. Surveys. Saturday July 28: “Speaking Volumes” book making workWade Jarvis, RPF shop at Centre 64, 1-4 pm. Saturday July 28: Saturday Night on The Town at Fort Steele. kimberleyforest@gmail.com Sunday July 29: Garden Tour and Tour des Fleurs. Hostged by the Kimberley Gardening Club from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, 250-427-5430 tickets are $10. Meadowbrook Motors (Reds Country Store) is now open!
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