Junebug Festival returns in support of The Hub

By Lindsay Ducharme

Warmer weather means the return of the summer bugs, but one-bug children have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Hub’s annual Junebug Festival. The newly expanded two-day festival will once again feature a festival/field day on June 14th followed with a concert day on June 15th.

“This is the fifth year for our Junebug Festival and it’s a really great family event. There is something for everyone and participants are supporting a great cause,” said Cordella Welshman, community development coordinator at The Hub.

Welshman explained that festival, or field day, will take place at the Syncrude Athletic Park in Timberlea from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on June 14th. The event will features childhood favourites bouncy castles, face painting, balloon artists and carnival games. There will also be refreshments, snacks and meals available at vendor BBQ’s.

“Festival day is free to enter, with tickets required for each activity, ticket packages are also available. For example if your child wants to go on bouncy castle we will have a package that you can buy for an all-day bouncy castle pass since there will be 8 -10 different bouncy castles,” she explained.

June 15th will see the return of the festival’s concert day, which was introduced last year. This year’s concert will feature two performances, either 2:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m., by Disney Junior’s ChooChoo Soul with Genevieve. Both concerts will take place at the Casman Centre. Tickets for concert day are available now at a cost of $34.50 for floor seating or $29.50 for seating in the stands. Tickets can be purchased at the Casman box office or online at fortmcmurrayoilbarons.ca.

The Junebug Festival, which has quickly become a family favourite, is a major fundraiser for both local Hub locations. Welshman explained that without funds from events such as the Junebug Festival, The Hub would be unable to offer free programming the community has come to love and count on.

“If we don’t reach our fund development goal our programming is at stake. We offer free programming all year long. We have over 2,000 families registered with us last year. We need these funds to keep our doors open and continue to offer free programming,” she stressed.

“All proceeds from the Junebug Festival go back to The Hub to ensure we can continue to offer free programming for families of the Wood Buffalo region with children 0-6.”

The Hub is a non-profit charitable organization that provides fun, interactive and educational programs and services to the families residing in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and their children, aged newborn to six years old, free of charge. The Hub services two locations within Fort McMurray, while The Hub on Wheels Program (HOW) travels to rural communities. Programs include Baby and Me, Little Chef, Cooking in Canada, Munchkin Art, Fun with Literacy, Get up and Go, Bend and Bond and much more.

For more information on The Hub including programming, schedules and the Junebug Festival visit their website http://thehubfrc.ca/, follow them on Twitter @TheHUBFRA or “like” them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-HUB-Family-Resource-Centre/126046920743605.