The town was buzzing all weekend with Silver City Days, venues were packed and streets were lined with people of all ages ready for the food and fun of a Homecoming Celebration.
A forerunner to the annual affair was a “Passagiata”, or leisurely stroll across the Skywalk on Thursday night. The evening was warm and drizzly, but spirits were not dampened as a steady stream of people chatted and stopped at points of interest on the bridge, the Trail Historical Society provided photos and briefs of the city’s past. Community groups had booths set up along the path to Jubilee Park, where the park resonated with the sounds of La Banda Italiana, Italo Canadese ladies passed out pizzelle and the city, ice cream cups.
Then it was lights, camera, action Friday night for the Trail Ambassador pageant and the crowning of 2017 royalty.
Miss Colombo Marley Lemieux was named Miss Trail; Miss Trail Princess went to Miss Shoppers Drug Mart Melissa Pitman; Miss Royal Canadian Legion Hailey Armstrong was named Miss Congeniality.
Other honours handed out that night included Committee Awards: Miss Kiwanis Deanie Ballard won the talent portion for her self-taught piano prowess; Speech, Knowledge and History, Marley Lemieux; Most Dedicated, Melissa Pitman, and the Olive Morey award for Perseverance went to Ashley Lavallee, Miss Trail Firefighters.
The Trail program was joined by visiting royalty from ll communities throughout the province.
Saturday activities included much candy throwing and Star Wars guests during the Trail Firefighters Parade, midway rides, and a day of entertainment in the Cominco arena. Highlights included the hilarious Dan the One-Man Band, the official naming of the new Trail Smoke Eaters captain Troy Ring – and of course, a spaghetti eating contest. The Colander Restaurant donated huge plates of pasta for 12 participants – Justin Dolan was the winner after a final two-plate eat off. He received a donated Smoke Eater jersey and a season’s pass, the others received a gift certificate for the Colander.
The afternoon culminated in a Grape Stomp – last year’s winners, the Trail RCMP, were squeezed out by Montrose councillors Mike Walsh and Cory Steep. Notably, this was the inaugural Grape Stomp for Annie and Rich Murphy, owners of the Trail hockey team – the newbie team placed an impressive third their first time out.