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Rivers Day celebrates 30 years of outdoor fun in Maple Ridge

Alouette River Management Society hosts the free event on Sept. 24 at ALLCO Park
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The 30th annual Rivers Day event will take place at ALLCO Park on Sunday, Sept. 24. (Alex Holmes/Special to The News)

The Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) is preparing to host a day of outdoor fun and education on Sept. 24 as the 30th annual Rivers Day kicks off at ALLCO Park.

This yearly event brings people of all ages out to the Maple Ridge park on the fourth Sunday of September to enjoy the wide selection of interactive environmental booths, face painting, live music, carnival games, and animal demonstrations.

At last year’s Rivers Day celebration, ARMS reported nearly 500 attendees, and hopes that this year’s event will draw an even bigger crowd.

“This year will be the biggest celebration yet, marking the 30th annual Rivers Day event,” said ARMS.

READ ALSO: Maple Ridge rivers group ARMS celebrates its 30th anniversary

With more than 25 exhibitors signed up, there will be plenty of entertainment on display.

For the kids, there will be face painting by Sea Star Faces, biodegradable balloon animals by Click and Clown, and the Taa Daa Lady performing her colourful Nylon Zoo show.

There will also be entertainment options for guests of all ages, including live music performances, story time with snakes, and carnival games such as bowl and roll, jumbo Connect Four, jumbo Jenga, and penguin fish fling.

Food will also be a big component of the event, with the first 100 people receiving free salmon-shaped cookies to enjoy. And for a small donation, attendees can enjoy a hotdog lunch provided by the Maple Ridge Lions Club.

The Rivers Day festivities will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at ALLCO Park.

READ ALSO: Maple Ridge Public Library hosts animal-free petting zoo event on Sept. 19

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