It’s time for the Dundarave Hoedown!
After the success of last year’s return of the Dundarave Hoedown, the Ambleside Dundarave Business Improvement Association (ADBIA) is pleased to bring it back again for 2023!
As is tradition, on Friday August 25th, the Dundarave Hoedown will see Marine Drive closed between 24th and 25th with live music, a beer garden, pony rides, face painting, a photo booth and more, filling the street with people of all ages dancing, talking, and visiting, showcasing a true community event.
It’s been years of people asking us to resurrect the Hoedown. We did so last year, and it was a great success, so we are re-creating the event again this year. We have music from The Dynamics and March Hare, local line dancers to teach folks a step or two, plus a photo booth, face painting, pony rides, balloon animals, sno cones, airbrush tattoos and more! Our restaurants will be offering specials and some of the other businesses will be participating with activities. We will have a pie eating contest for both adults and kids in front of The Bakehouse at 6:30pm.
One of the surprise highlights last year was how much fun the kids had playing in the straw, so this year we have doubled up and there will be a maze made of bales of straw. Once the event is over, should anyone in the community want some straw for fall décor, gardening needs or animal bedding, please come by between 9:30pm and 10:30pm and pick up your free bales.
There will be a BBQ hosted by the Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club and the West Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society will run the beer garden. We are still in need of volunteers for set-up, clean-up as well as during the event and can offer high school students service hours.
This is also a great opportunity to come check out the newly built boardwalks, benches, and planters that the ADBIA funded, as well as the antique British phone boxes we had installed. The phone boxes will be filled with seasonal floral arrangements courtesy of Limelight Floral Design – be sure to tag us in photos using #biabloomboxes.
The Hoedown is coordinated by the ADBIA but also made possible with the support of sponsors including MacLean Homes, Peake & Richmond Insurance, Westerleigh Parc, North Shore Smile Dentistry, Pierwell Dundarave, British Pacific Properties, Temper Chocolate & Pastry, Watson Goepel, Chartwell Retirement Residences and Engel & Volkers.
The event runs from 4pm until 9pm. All businesses will be open as usual although Marine Drive between 24th and 25th will be closed to through traffic as of 1pm. If you would like to learn more, enter the pie eating contest, or volunteer to help set up or clean up, please contact Maureen at email@example.com.
Maureen O’Brien is the executive director of ADBIA.