An Earth Hour party was held in Veterans Square on March 23. Hosted for the second year by the Princeton Exhibition Association (PXA) the party was a success, giving residents a chance to go out for some fun while conserving energy at home during Earth Hour.
Kevin Chuley and Lydia Buhler manned the barbecued hot dogs provided by Cooper’s Foods.
Princeton Home Hardware, The Source, Shoppers Drug Mart, Princeton Crisis Assistance and Everything Pets supplied prizes for the party-goers.
A glow-in-the-dark parade with kids and adults dressed in brightly coloured clothing adorned with neon bracelets, fluorescent blinking headbands and reflective stickers marched through the square along to music provided by The Trubador, Mr. Allan Kovaltsenko.
The children enjoyed an Easter candy hunt and those who entered the colouring contest each received a flashlight courtesy of Princeton Crisis Assistance.
The PXA was given the opportunity to participate in the FortisBC Earth Hour Challenge for non-profit societies. The challenge was to get votes for an upgrade from residents when they made their Earth Hour pledge.
Although the PXA did not win the contest, they are pleased with the excellent support they received from the community.
According to a release from FortisBC, Participation in this year’s Earth Hour resulted in a 5.7 megawatt drop in electricity consumption, or the equivalent of switching off over 96,000 incandescent light bulbs. (60 Watt)
Seventeen communities provided this drop in consumption—Princeton being one of them.