Golden Petro Canada celebrates their customers

Petro Canada is hosting a customer appreciation barbecue on Sunday August 12.

Petro Canada in Golden is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day to show their appreciation for the locals who have supported them.

On Sunday August 12, the gas station will host a barbecue, complete with fun and entertainment. They hosted the very successful event five years ago, and decided it was time to bring it back.

“It’s just turned into a bit of a party,” said Rav Soomal who is organizing the event with his father G.T. The barbecue will be at the gas station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is during the scheduled BC Hydro power outage. So it will be a great opportunity to get some cooked food, and check out the entertainment.

“It’s a free gathering for people, lots of free food. We’re doing barbecue beef on a bun, so it’s not just hamburgers and hotdogs. It’s good food. And Willhorse is going to play a couple of sets, and they’re just awesome,” said Soomal.

The Golden Fire Department, BC Ambulance and RCMP will also be setting up there, along with a clown and lots of balloons.

“It’s just going to be a good family event. So come up, have lunch and hang out while the power is out.”

Petro Canada Corporate (the Soomal family owns the local station independently), has offered a bit of financial support, but the Soomal family has taken it upon themselves to host the event, which they are doing to give back to the community in more way than one.

“Last time we gave the food away, just as a customer appreciation. But now we’re so much more involved with Rotary, so we’re going to try to help them out as well. It’s not mandatory, but the barbecue will be by donation for the Rotary,” said Soomal.

“We are on the highway, and a lot of our business is highway traffic. But we get a lot of locals and CP guys who always come in. We really appreciate our local business. So it’s a good opportunity to show our support.”