Just a slice of paradise

By Geoff Lee

August 9, 2017 2:12 PM

The ribbon was cut last Nov. to signify the grand opening of the Paradise Hill Community Centre, which has been eight years in the making, and this weekend’s events will help to cover the costs involved in the build. File Photo

There’s nothing like back-to-back long weekends with a little bit of imagination.
The Village of Paradise Hill is set to experience their biggest three-day weekend of the year billed as of Summer Bash weekend, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
As of Tuesday, there were less than 100 tickets left to the main High Valley country music performance Saturday night at the Paradise Hill Arena, but they’re going fast.
“We’ve just got a few left to go and then we’ll be in a sold out situation,” said organizer Neil Macnab.
No worries though as there will be plenty of things to do and see for the whole family, starting with a slo-pitch ball tournament from Friday to Sunday, and a Friday night cabaret.
This year’s Summer Bash will double as a Canada 150 celebration in partnership with the village and the local chamber of commerce.
“There’s lot of events going on downtown on the main street Saturday,” said Macnab.
There’s a trade show, a show and shine car exhibit, a kids zone, a barbecue, and a Fort Pitt Farms BBQ pork feast at the Paradise Hill Community Centre, which opened last fall.
The purpose of summer bash is to raise funds to pay the balance of a loan for the new community centre, which stands at just under $1.5 million heading into the weekend.
“Our events in the past have been very successful and we raised in excess of $100,000 in profits, and that’s what we hope to do again this year,” said Macnab.
“We have a great entertainer and great support from many individuals and businesses.”
A live charity auction will take place in the arena during the intermission between performances by Hey Romeo and High Valley.
The weather forecast for Summer Bash weekend looks perfect as well.
“We’ve been very fortunate over the last number of years and it looks like this year is going to be great as well,” said Macnab.
“It’s a good weekend for all the events going on.”
Summer Bash weekend is by far the biggest economic generator of the year for the village since the previous one-day concert morphed into a weekend event.
“The town expands in population quite a bit,” said Macnab.
The village provides free stays at its campsite with extra green space for trailers north of the arena.
“You’ll see lots of campers throughout town,” said Macnab.
Folks who hang around on Sunday can take in the slo-pitch finals or take in the nearby Frenchman Butte Museum Fest.

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