One of the oldest organizations of its kind in British Columbia, the Lac La Hache Community Club was founded on February 27, 1936. It has a long and impressive record of achievements and dedication to the community, and has strongly supported various social and sporting events in Lac La Hache, making it one of the most family oriented communities anywhere.
The Community Club owns and operates the local arena, which is noted for its outstanding quality of hockey ice. The arena building was actually the former Williams Lake Arena. It was disassembled, moved to its new home in Lac La Hache, and reassembled and upgraded in the late 1980s. A monumental undertaking but a very worthwhile one!
The Club organizes a variety of community activities, including one of the longest-running weekly Bingo games around, the annual Oktoberfest celebration, and many other special events.
In 2010, this strong, experienced, and enthusiastic volunteer organization added a new and exciting event to their community - The South Cariboo Garlic Festival is now part of the vibrant Lac La Hache scene. The Community Club owns the land on which the Garlic Festival is now held each year. At 20 acres in size, it is ready to grow into the future!
The first South Cariboo Garlic Festival was held in August of 2000.
Kariboo Farms - owned by Gail & Steve Szolosi in Forest Grove, BC - was the setting and the response to this first effort was overwhelming. Literally thousands of people showed up to enjoy the 2 day grass-roots event! It was a great learning experience and from this, the Festival again was held each year in in the same location through 2005.
In 2006, the Festival moved to Centennial Park in 100 Mile House as it had simply outgrown its original location near Forest Grove. Attendance had climbed dramatically over the years and it was now a major annual event in the South Cariboo.
As the Festival grew, Gail knew that it would soon be time to look for an organization to take over the Festival. She understood that "new blood" would be necessary to carry the event forward into the future.
In early 2010, the Lac La Hache Community Club assumed responsibility for the Festival. Under the leadership of its new Director, Jeanette McCrea and her capable team of volunteers, the South Cariboo Garlic Festival is moving ahead in its permanent new home on Highway 97.