Garlic Festival site gets new picnic area

The Lac la Hache Garlic Festival site gets new picnic tables

Dignitaries and locals were on hand Oct. 8 for the unveiling of 10 new log picnic tables at the Lac la Hache Garlic Festival site (Felker Homestead) just north of Lac la Hache.

Charlie Hutchins, Interior Roads (IR) division manager 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, said IR has been working  co-operatively with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) for a number of communities, with Lac la Hache being one of them.

Interior Roads wanted to give something back, give something to the volunteers and to the communities they serve, he added.

“This will be something lasting that will get a lot of use and enhance the site.”

Interior Roads supplied the manpower and materials to build the gravel 30- by 60-foot pad and the 10 log picnic tables which were placed there.

The first five tables were in place during the Garlic Festival in August.

MOTI spokesperson Dan Palesch said this joint community co-operative will “promote positive community spirit in various communities throughout the province.”

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett noted Lac la Hache’s community spirit shows in how it comes together for many events.

“It is on the road back to the vibrant community it was in the days of the regattas and outhouse races.  Jeannette [McCrea] and her team of volunteers should be commended and congratulated for all their efforts.

Barnett also complimented Hutchins, Palesch and their crews for all their hard work to make this all happen. “They are a big part of our communities.”

Cariboo Regional District (CRD) chair Al Richmond said the picnic tables were a “welcome addition” to the site.

McCrea said she was thrilled when Hutchins approached her about the project.

“Thank you for a beautiful picnic site and this is a great addition to the Lac la Hache Community Club and Lac la Hache Historical Society. It will be enjoyed by many.”