Mission Fest drew an estimated 4,000 visitors to First Street in downtown Mission on Saturday. The street was closed off for the day to vehicle traffic to accommodate the community street party hosted by the downtown merchants association.
Many businesses had outdoor booths and displays while there were tents and offerings by local non-profit organizations. These included the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Mission, St. John’s Ambulance, and the Mission Fire Rescue Service’s multi-storey aerial ladder. The community stage showcased local performers such as Kitchen Sync, while kids enjoyed bouncy castles, martial arts demonstrations and sampled free treats.
A show ‘n’ shine sponsored by Jodway Law attracted about 50 vintage cars – Pierre Beaudoin’s 1967 Mustang was named the best street car, while Mission Mayor Ted Adlem named Len Gibbons' 1953 MG TD2 the coolest car trophy.
Other sponsors were Fraser Valley Building Supplies, Rona and the Rockin’ River Music Festival, Cob’s Breads, Safeway, Fields, Gerry’s Automotive, the District of Mission and many others.