About 600 people gathered at the Campbell Valley Regional Park for the first-ever Once Upon a Field event organized by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.
The four-hour-long event on a sunny Saturday was all about celebrating grasslands, animals, and nature in Langley.
In addition to spreading awareness about animals, birds, and nature, the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks team members engaged the audience through live demonstrations.
The brand new event replaces the 40-year-old Country Celebration event, which was last organized in 2019 at the same location.
The re-named and re-branded event had some features from previous Country Celebration events, including a giant straw pile, pony rides, mini doughnuts, beeswax candle making, and performances by 5 on a String.
Multiple environmental organizations, including Langley Environmental Partners Society, attended the event and talked about native plant species, gardening, and more. Members of the OWL Orphaned Wildlife – a non-profit society dedicated to the survival of raptors – brought Sofi, a rescued owl, to the festivities.
Some Indigenous groups, too, were present at Sept. 10 event to represent their local scout group and share stories from past camping events.
Grub, a food truck business, served dozens of people as they waited in line to get their smoothies and donuts.
Zoey Slater, special events assistant with Metro Vancouver regional parks, said the team hopes to make it an annual event.
“We are really happy that people came out on this hot day,” she added.
“This is a great event for the community. It focuses on how important it is go out in the nature.”
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