Abbotsford Celebrates Spirit of BC Week 2008

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Abbotsford, one of more than 100 communities celebrating Spirit of BC Week 2008, attracted almost 1,400 people to festivities that started with a Spirit Flag Raising Ceremony and included a "Walk to Whistler" where residents walked 61 kilometres on the track at Rotary Stadium.

The Cultural Festival, which showcased Abbotsford's diverse community, included entertainment, ethnic food, arts and crafts, and a lantern making display and workshop. There was also a Cultural Blend/Scavenger Hunt where families were given a passport and searched for clues about different cultures.

The 2nd Annual Spirit Literacy Day, in partnership with the Clearbrook Library, included a variety of literacy programming as well as children's entertainers, interactive booths, guest storytellers, food and fun. A free family skate and swim was described as the week's big success.

Spirit of BC Week is an annual province-wide celebration of British Columbia and its unique communities. Held each February, it is a week of over 300 events and activities showcasing local programs and services that strengthen community arts, literacy, sport, recreation and volunteerism. The celebration is supported by the Province of British Columbia.