Port Alberni’s first Bearfoot in the Park event, held Saturday, Aug. 24 at Blair Park, was a success.
The event, hosted by non-profit organization the Bear Necessities, was set up to raise funds for child and youth counselling through Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society.
Organizer Susan Roth said there were approximately 80 people registered on Saturday, but more turned up to show support without registering.
“It turned out really good,” she said.
The event started with a walk around the Kitsuksis Dyke and was followed by food and activities at the park. Children enjoyed chocolate-covered strawberry eating contests, bubbles, chalk art and spray park fun. The special guest for the afternoon was Christina Wiebe, Mrs. Vancouver Island.
Organizers are hoping to make Bearfoot in the Park an annual event.
“We know now what we can do better next year,” said Roth.