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Our beloved local celebrity, Mr. PG turns 60 this month and the City of Prince George and a few community partners have all chipped in to throw him a virtual birthday bash! Here are a few ways you can celebrate from the comfort of your own home:
Discover The Fascinating History of Mr. PG!
Mr. PG has been a community icon and celebrity for decades. Back on May 8, 1960, he first debuted in front of the Simon Fraser Hotel for a Rotary International conference. Since he was so popular with visitors and locals alike, the City decided to make a bigger and taller version of him. This larger version went on to travel across BC in a variety of parades - even winning awards in Kelowna and at the PNE.
For decades, Mr. PG would go on to be recreated in many different forms (buttons, figurines, badges and even a working telephone booth) and most notably, would even go missing for years before being rediscovered as a beer tap in Scotland!
Last year, The Exploration Place launched a permanent gallery on Mr. PG’s past that you can see today. For safety during COVID-19, part of the exhibit has been temporarily moved to the front windows of the museum for locals to enjoy from outside the building.
Take a virtual tour here: The Exploration Place Youtube
Get A Birthday Present From Mr. PG Himself!
The Farmers’ Market, City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George have gotten together to give away a sweet treat to the local community. Residents are encouraged to place food orders through the local Farmers’ Market vendors the week of May 4 - where some lucky shoppers will get a free pint of spruce tip ice cream delivered right to their door!
Vendors will randomly drop off pints of ice cream as part of their regular deliveries starting Friday, May 8. See the full vendor list here: Farmers' Market Vendor List
Give Him A Birthday Shout-Out
Let the big guy know you care and add a Mr. PG profile frame to your current Facebook profile pic! If you want to go the extra step - a special Mr. PG camera frame has also been created, making it possible to take a new selfie or a photobomb with Mr. PG himself.
Profile Photo Frame Link
Facebook Camera Frame Link
Take Mr. PG Home
Mr. PG has been recreated on tons of different items from stickers, socks, wooden figures and the ever-popular Mr. PG plushie. To mark Mr. PG’s milestone birthday, The Exploration Place is selling special limited-edition Mr. PG toys, which feature a local hand-knitted scarf.
Email The Exploration Place, firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order here!
Give Mr. PG Some Colour
Local artist Erin Stagg, in partnership with the Community Arts Council and the City of Prince George, has created a beautiful new colouring page of our favourite birthday boy. Have some fun colouring the iconic wildlife and The Cutbanks and write your own personal birthday wish to Mr. PG.
But don’t forget to upload your images to social media using the #mrpg60 hashtag! Mr. PG will be looking for some fan favourites to showcase on his very own Instagram channel (@therealmrpg) later this month!
You can download the colouring sheet here
Share A Memory
Did you ever propose in front of Mr. PG, or remember when he used to be in front of the local Chamber of Commerce? Share your favourite story, memory or group shot of Mr. PG on social media this week!
Folks who use the #mrpg60 on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or tag Mr. PG @therealmrpg on Instagram will be entered to win a special Mr. PG prize package!
Take Mr. PG To Work
Lots of employees are working remotely and using Zoom as a replacement for physical meetings in their day to day lives. Next time you need to join a conference call, or social hour with your workmates - bring Mr. PG along!
You can download him as a Zoom background here.
Play Where’s ̶W̶a̶l̶d̶o̶ Mr. PG
While the contest has now closed, folks can still create an easy family-fun activity from home. Simply open the recent 2020 Active Living Guide and see how many Mr. PG’s are hidden throughout the pages. Not sure how many are hiding in there? Let us know your guess and we’ll let you know if you’re right!
View the Active Living Guide
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