Athletes of Kimberley’s past re-unite to share stories and celebrate history this weekend.
Baseball players of the 1950s an 1960s are in town for the 45th annual JulyFest.
The reunion gets started on Firday night with a meet and greet at Bootleg Gap.
Reunion committee member Al Patterson says they’re going to be in the parade on Saturday as well.
“We hope to be very vocal and noisy and show people what baseball was back in the day in Kimberley.” says Patterson. “There’s a big gathering at the Elks [Club] right after [the parade] and then Sunday morning we have a little farewell at Bootleg Gap for breakfast. It’s a full weekend for everyone and should be lots of fun.”
The gathering at the Elks Club includes an open mic where former athletes can share stories about baseball in the Bavarian City.
Patterson says they had a meeting last night and excitement is building.
“The stories have already started and it’s hilarious the things we’ve been able to cover already with maybe two dozen people.” says Patterson. “The rest of the weekend should have lots of stories.”
Patterson says the Kimberley Dynamos and Kimberley Hobos dominated the East Kootenay senior baseball circuit in the mid-twentieth century.
Alumni of the Kimberley Tempests, BPOE Angels and Marysville Trader Dick Steelmen of the East Kootenay Junior League will also be in attendance.
Patterson says this is the biggest reunion they’ve ever put together and the first in over 15 years.
– Al Patterson, reunion committee member
(Photo courtesy of Western Canada Baseball)