Sixth annual Clayton Community Festival to bring free family activities to Clayton Heights
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Clayton Community Festival is set to visit Clayton Heights on May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event has been filling the Clayton Crossing area for six years, and was started by asset manager Jen Temple and and her counterpart across the street Michelle Howe as a Cloverdale Rodeo kick off event.

“It was really small in the beginning — we called it the Pre-Rodeo Party on the Hill,” Temple said. “Now it’s turned … from the party to the festival.”

The event started as a way for Temple and Howe to give back to the area and allow local businesses to show off, Temple said.Now it’s grown to a full-fledged community event, with sponsorship from the City of Surrey.

Local realtor Robbie Johal became involved in the festival in 2013, and said it’s a great way to spend a weekend with children.

“I have four kids myself, and often on the weekends we struggle with brainstorming of what to do with the kids,” he said. “But when there’s a nice, big, free event happening in your own neighbourhood, it’s good to be able to go … and have some fun and games.”

This year, the Clayton Community Festival will feature bouncy castles, face painting, henna, balloon artists, colouring contests and possibly free giveaways. Tim Hortons normally gives away tidbits or a new drink.

The festival happens on both sides of the road, almost like a mirror festival, Temple said. Normally there is live music on both sides, but this year Temple went with something a little different.

She’s bringing in a local DJ, a young man who works for Surrey and teaches people how to DJ.

“My focus this year is bringing things out there that the city has,” she said. “Clayton residents don’t necessarily know all the programs that the city has.”

Businesses are not allowed to sell anything at the event, although there will be a fundraiser for the B.C. Children’s Hospital at Save-On-Foods.

“It’s literally just about free family fun,” she said.

Last year between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended the event, and Temple said it’s been growing every year.

This year’s Clayton Community Festival will take place on May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fraser Highway and 188 Street. Admission and activities are free for everyone.

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Source: North Delta Reporter