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New Year’s Eve drive-in events to keep help community through ongoing lockdowns

Three Prince George organizations are partnering together to give the community an affordable, fun and safe way to get out on New Year’s Eve.

Ness Lake Bible Camp, Northern Lights Estate Winery and Pandemic Friendly Entertainment (team who put on Candy Cruise Prince George) are pooling their resources with the hopes of getting people out of their house, engaging with others and staying safe.

All three of these organizations have dealt with last minute changes on their own events. Ness Lake Bible Camp had to postpone its annual Polar Bear Dip fundraiser, Northern Lights Estate Winery had to cancel its Light Up the Orchard and Pandemic Friendly Entertainment had to cancel The Santa Cruise … all in the last month.

Trying to continue with serving their community while helping keep individuals safe, all three agreed with the health order and started looking at new ways to engage.

“One of our big motivations is to give families and kids something to do during this second lockdown,” said Dayna Penson, who is the program director at Ness Lake Bible Camp. “We helped run drive-in trivia last spring and saw the impact it had. Getting out of the house and having the kids entertained for an hour seems to really help some families.”

Ness Lake Bible Camp was part of running three nights of drive in movies just before Christmas with Westwood Church and College Heights Baptist Church. Dave Horton who organized Candy Cruise Prince George is excited to give people something to do outside of their normal.

“After seeing the thousands of people who came out for Candy Cruise it reminded me that we are not done yet,” he said. “Until all restrictions are lifted and businesses are able to fill the needs for entertainment then everyone still needs to keep working together to put new ideas into motion. These restrictions clearly need to stay in place until the virus has been managed more. With the vaccine being administered it’s crazy to think where we will be in 12 months. I am hoping that there won’t be need for these kinds of events next New Years Eve.”

Four drive-in trivia events are planned for December 31 at at the Northern Lights Estate Winery Orchard parking lot. Each event has questions and music based around Disney, The Office, Friends and Harry Potter. In order to attend you must pre-register and purchase a ticket.

You can purchase a ticket by visiting Ness Lake Bible Camps or Pandemic Friend Entertainments Facebook pages for links. Tickets are $5 per vehicle and everyone in a vehicle must be from the same household. The information on the events page notes that the $5 is to prevent tickets from being booked and then not used.

All the money raised is going to local charities. Organizers note that these 4 themed trivia are not going to peak everyone’s interest but they hope to see them sell out with local folks looking to bring in a new year and have some pandemic friendly fun.

Friends (the TV show) Trivia-10:30pm-11:30pm
Ness Lake Bible Camp
Money raised is going to 3 local charities. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern BC, Child Development Centre of Prince George and District and Ness Lake Bible Camp

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