Delta King Days
Many events were planned during approximately eleven days preceding and including the Victoria Day/May long weekend in Kitimat. Each year the Days planning committee added and changed events to be held. Constant among them were a raft race, beer garden, dances, sports and musical events, and a casino.
The Delta King Days were launched by MESS students and The Kitimat Kiwanis Club in an effort to involve the whole town. Old-timers, newcomers, adults, children, immigrants and Canadian-born all contributed to making Kitimat what it is today.
"This year's Delta King Days climaxes on Victoria Day with activities including an old-timers' reunion dance complete with hits of the '40s and '50s and a jitterbug contest; a salmon bake and canoe races at Kitamaat Village; musical performances; swimming displays at the Sam Lindsay Memorial Pool; dirt riders' race; and the now traditional raft race. From Little Wedeene Park to the Kitimat River Bridge, the raft race is a short but difficult seven miles on the spring-flood-swollen Kitimat River. The race is preceded by a Rafter's Pancake Breakfast and followed by a casino (complete with a vaudeville act, games of chance and can-can girls) during which race winners are awarded prizes - in their dry clothes."
Northern Sentinel, Thursday, May 20, 1976