Ioco Days Brings Out Community Spirit

Bruce Schroeder and the ladies of the Ioco Church celebrate the pie competition entries.

Bruce Schroeder and the ladies of the Ioco Church celebrate the pie competition entries.

Ioco Days Festival has become a hallmark event in Port Moody and you can tell by the efforts community members give to show their support. This year, Heritage Society member and professional baker Bruce Schroeder donated over $700 to show his support. Some of you may know Bruce as the pie contest judge from Ioco Ghost Town Day.┬áBruce spent 80 hours of his vacation time baking butter tarts and shortbread cookies. He sold these to friends, colleagues and neighbours raising money to support the event. Bruce has shown similar support in the past but went above and beyond this year by organizing this fundraising initiative all on his own. Thanks to Bruce, we were able to break even with this year’s Ghost Town Day event.

The barbershop quartet “Antique Gold” learns about wool from spinner Catherine Dumaine.

Bruce isn’t the only one to show his support. Over 20 community groups showed up in the pouring rain for Ioco Ghost Town Days. Despite the soggy weather, there were smiles on faces and warmth in people’s hearts. Visitors also didn’t shy away with over 200 people showing up.

A big thanks also to our local business sponsors Impact Canopies, Freybe’s Gourmet Foods, and Pacific Coast Terminals for donating thousands of dollars of in-kind services and money to support the event. We have relied on these sponsors for many years to make Ghost Town Days happen.

Expanding Horizons Home School Association was out in full force.

The spirit that the Port Moody and Tri Cities community shows for Ioco Days is remarkable. We should all take pride in the success of such a grass roots event and the attention it brings to the wonderful heritage site of Ioco.