Mining for fun in Kamloops

Eighth annual Mining Day takes place on May 11 at Big Little Science Centre

The eighth annual Mining Day will take place on Saturday at the Big Little Science Centre, at 655 Holt St. in Brocklehurst.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Mining Day provides an opportunity for both kids and adults to get up close and hands-on with displays related to the mining industry.

According to Julie Dormer, outreach co-ordinator with the Kamloops Exploration Group, the day is a great way to learn about mining while also having fun.

“It’s an exciting day for kids — well, everybody for that matter — to learn about the mining industry,” she said.

Among the displays will be the Kamloops Exploration Group’s Ask a Geologist area, where people can bring their own interesting rocks to find out more about them from a professional geologist.

There will also be a Finding Mining display, which is a Where’s Waldo-style game, and Cookie Mining, where kids can try mining chocolate chips out of a cookie.

Outdoor displays will include some heavy equipment, including a scoop, loader and fire truck from New Gold’s New Afton mine, and a helicopter from Interior Helicopters.

Yukon Dan will also be on hand, giving instructions on how to pan for gold.

The event is free to attend and visitors will be given a form to complete with answers they can collect from the different displays.

Completed forms will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a bike.

Alongside the mining displays will be some general entertainment, including face-painting, balloons and a barbecue lunch provided by the Kamloops Paddlewheelers Lions Club.

Uncle Chris the Clown will be on site from noon to 2 p.m.

Mining Day is put together by a committee of volunteers who start working on the event in January. It is held each May, which is Mining Month.

It is sponsored by the Kamloops Exploration Group and the south central branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining.

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