You could be sipping coladas on a cruise or keeping cozy by a crackling fire. Lady Luck may bring you a big win in the Youbou Community Association’s fall raffle. Board members are selling $2 raffle tickets throughout the fall, right up until the grand prize drawing at the Oktobeerfest party.
Each ticket buys a chance at one of three prizes: a truckload of firewood, donated by Max Russell; an appetizer cruise on beautiful Lake Cowichan, donated by Eva and Garry Fearon; and a couple of tickets to our popular New Year’s Eve party, donated by the YCA. Proceeds will go toward helping Youbou prepare for emergencies.
Oktobeerfest Tickets on Sale Soon
For those of you who like to plan ahead, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 19. It’s time for our second annual Oktobeerfest dance and party at the Youbou Hall. The Rivals with Rob Fortin promise the kind of music that will make your dancing feet happy, all night long, or at least until 11 pm or so. Just like last year, there will be fall-themed food, beer, wine, decorations, and of course, a free shuttle for those who prefer not to drive. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from board members or the following Youbou businesses: Shop & Save, Cassy’s Coffee House, Daly’s Auto Centre, and Youbou Bar & Grill. In Lake Cowichan, tickets are for sale at the Visitor Centre and Scarlett’s Second Hand Boutique. Doors open at 7 pm and the music starts at 8!
From Pancakes to Parade to Park
On our August 10 regatta day, our dedicated firefighters rose with the sun to start prepping for the Youbou fire-hall pancake breakfast. By 8 am, we were filling our plates with flapjacks, sausage, bacon, and scrambled eggs-the best breakfast in the valley. It was the place to stoke up on a syrupy stack and check in with the neighbours, before heading to the world’s shortest parade route for prime-time parade viewing and candy catching.
The parade is always short on distance but long on imagination. This year, besides the fire-trucks, parade entries showcased scarecrows, whimsical cyclists, outdoor recreation, and a rollicking German beer truck. Judging was tough but in the end, blue ribbons went to:
Best homemade float: Youbou Community Association
Best commercial float: Lake Cowichan Chamber of Commerce
Best pet: Bella
Best group: The crows
Best couple: Claire Anderson and Violet Luchtmeyer
Best individual costume: Randall Wilson
Regatta Fun in the Sun
After the parade, it was time for family day in Arbutus Park, with friendly competition, good food, and entertainment for all. Thanks to the CVRD and all the volunteers who helped put on this outstanding annual celebration. And kudos to all of the first-place winners in the following events:
Quarter-mile swim: Mary Paridean VanVeen
Front crawl, girls: Louisa Caldecott (7/8), Lily Allen (9/10), Michelle Connolly (11/12), Roselyn Baird (13/14)
Front crawl, boys: James Hardy (7/8), Justin Hawthorne (9/10), Jackson Luchtmeyer (11/12), Philippe Caron (15+)
Back crawl, girls: Louisa Caldecott (7/8), Lily Allen (9/10), Michelle Connolly (11/12), Roselyn Baird (13/14)
Back crawl, boys: James Hardy (7/8), Justin Hawthorne (9/10), Jackson Luchtmeyer (11/12)
Elementary backstroke, girls: Louisa Caldecott (7/8), Lily Allen (9/10), Faith Smith (11/12),
Roselyn Baird (13/14)
Elementary backstroke, boys: James Hardy (7/8), Justin Hawthorne (9/10), Jackson Luchtmeyer (11/12)
Breaststroke, girls: Louisa Caldecott (7/8), Willow Weber (9/10), Paige Ohl (11/12), Roselyn Baird (13/14)
Breaststroke, boys: James Hardy (7/8), Justin Hawthorne (9/10), Jackson Luchtmeyer (11/12)
Lifeguard relay: Lifeguards
Bellyflop, 13 and under: Joseph MacKenzie-Elrick
Bellyflop, 14 and up: Greg Treg
Cannonball, 13 and under: Jackson Luchtmeyer
Cannonball, 14 and up: Marie Roy
Kayak: Josh Ketch
Paddleboard: Marie Roy
Games and Art
Volleyball: Fresh Meat
Whistle, Splash & Flip: Karate Kids
Chalk Art: Kaari Porter
Youbou Church Society Bottle Drive
As summer winds down, you may find your garage brimming with empties. Thanks to the Youbou Church Society, there’s an easy way for you to recycle them. Stop by the Youbou Fire Hall on Saturday, September 14, anytime from 10 am to 2 pm and volunteers will be glad to help you unload. Funds from the proceeds help to keep our historic community building in tip-top working order.
Now & Then Bowling Night
Stop by the bowling alley on Friday, September 27 to help celebrate the history and heritage of the Youbou Lanes. It’s a chance to browse through the yesteryear photo albums and memorabilia that make our bowling alley so special. You can try your hand at five-pin or ten-pin bowling, see how the pin-setters work their magic, and hear bowling tips from some of the experts. As part of the family night fun, kids can participate in the drop-in gym or work on crafts in the Playschool room. Bowling leagues will soon be starting for fall. If you’re interested in men’s league (Tuesday evenings), women’s league (Thursday evneings), or mixed league (Sunday evenings), call the bowling alley to find out when the first session starts.
September 14: Youbou Church Society Bottle Drive
September 27: Now & Then Bowling Night
October 19: Oktobeerfest Dance at Youbou Hall
October 31: Halloween Haunted House
Pickleball at Youbou Hall: foul-weather Monday and Friday mornings
Church: Sunday: 10 am Coffee and social, 11 am service. The last Sunday of every month is a potluck lunch gathering after the 11 am service.
Your YCA Board
Chair: Julia Martinusen
Co-Chair: Lori LaFave
Secretary: Randall Wilson
Treasurer: Spencer Day
Social: Eva Fearon
Publicity: Allan Gott