Oak Bay Tea Party returns for 60th anniversary

The Oak Bay Tea Party festival returned Friday for its 60th anniversary after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.

The festival features a midway, pancake breakfasts, a parade, live music, the floating teacup race, and of course, tea will be served all weekend.

Although the weather doesn’t look promising, organizers aren’t sweating it.

“After two years I think people will come out, embrace it,” said Sandy Germain, president of the Oak Bay Tea Party Society as the sun fought to break through the clouds Friday.

“I think we’re ready to have some community fun and be able to get together and have a good time, so come rain or shine, I’m hoping we’ll have a good crowd.”

According to the society’s website, the Oak Bay Tea Party started as a one-off event in 1962 and was such a success that it became an annual event.

Germain hopes festival goers will support the festival by purchasing a 50/50 ticket. The money goes to organizations like Kiwanis and Lions clubs, allowing them to fund community projects.

The midway opens on Friday at 4.30pm and the festival will end on Sunday at 7pm.

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Jamie Lynch

Jamie Lynch