BIA planning birthday bash for Scott Street

The local Business Improvement Association is lining up all sorts of activities to celebrate the downtown core’s 100th birthday on Saturday, June 25.
But organizers still will need a little volunteer help from individuals, local groups, and service clubs to make it the bash they want it to be, BIA co-ordinator Patti Anderson said yesterday.
She noted she’d like volunteers to liven up the street, whether they’re dressed up as clowns, playing music as a busker, or doing something else as a street performer (magic, juggling, etc.)
Anderson also said she’s looking for musical bands of all genres and eras to take the stage that will be set up on Scott Street that day, as well as a group to hold a tea during the afternoon under the big canopy that will be set up for the special occasion.
She’d especially like to see high school students get involved in the celebration and work off those mandatory volunteer hours needed to graduate.
But the need for volunteers aside, organizers so far have lined up a slew of things to see and do for the day-long event, which will replace “Mall Day” this year.
“We’re going to try and keep the street busy,” said Anderson, adding the street will be closed that day to allow for sidewalk sales, inflatables for the kids, a stage with performers, food vendors, bagpipers, a Bingo, activities with “Fun in the Sun” royalty contestants, and skateboarders raising funds for the Kiwanis skate park project.
There also will be a fish fry courtesy of the Sunset Country Métis.
Scott Street’s birthday will be marked with a “high noon” birthday cake-cutting ceremony, Anderson added, noting a crowd gathered to sing a very loud rendition of “Happy Birthday” would be ideal.
Anderson said the idea for a birthday can be traced back to 1905, when the previous centre of commerce in town—on Front Street—burned to the ground.
Businesses subsequently relocated on Scott Street.
Anyone wishing to help out with the birthday celebration should call Anderson at 274-7502 or drop by the BIA office in the lobby of the Rainy Lake Hotel.