Canada Day sporting full slate of activities

While the past five days have been jam-packed with activities, “Homecoming Week,” being held in conjunction with Fort Frances’ centennial, will culminate tomorrow with Canada’s birthday bash.
“Everything is ready to go,” said Dawn Booth, a Fun in the Sun committee member and co-ordinator of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce.
The day will kick off with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Legion, from 7-9:30 a.m. at Pither’s Point Park.
Then the La Verendrye Parkway (Front Street) will be the place to be. The opening ceremony for the parkway will start at 10 a.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina, which also will include the unveiling of the Rainy Lake mermaid statue and a dedication of a bench donor plaque.
People then can stay at the riverfront to watch the annual Canada Day parade, which will start at 11 a.m.
Unlike other years, it won’t start at the old CN station and then travel east down Scott Street. Instead, it will start at the Shevlin wood yard, go down Front Street, turn onto Victoria, and then head back east down Scott Street to the Memorial Sports Centre.
“We’ve got lots of floats registered,” noted Booth. “We have a variety of individuals, businesses, services clubs, and other organizations participating.”^She added a marching band from Bemidji, Mn., as well as the Rainy Lake Highlanders and the Fort Frances Highlanders, will bring music to the parade.
And since much of the parade will follow the riverfront, boaters have been invited to join and drive alongside the procession on the street.
In addition to any candy that may be tossed out by parade participants, the Fun in the Sun committee will be handing out Canada Day cookies made just for the occasion.
The theme for the parade is “Celebrating a Century of Prosperity & Promise.”^Then the fun moves to Pither’s Point Park with the unveiling of the new “big chair” at 1 p.m., followed by activities such as face-painting, inflatables, games, hair-braiding, and live entertainment under the big tent.
Rainy Lake Boatworks will be having kayak demonstrations starting at 1 p.m., and the Fort Frances Aquanauts will be doing their Canada Day mile swim at 1:30 p.m.
A 50/50 Bingo will run from 1- 6 p.m. under the big tent, and dragon boat demonstrations will be going from 1-4 p.m.
Two teams will be coming from Atikokan to compete while the Town of Fort Frances and the centennial committee also will sport a team, Pam Hawley, chairperson of the centennial celebration committee, said this morning.
Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows, sponsored by Abitibi-Consolidated, are scheduled for 2, 4, and 8 p.m.
at Pither’s Point. Lumberjacks will compete in various events.
The “Indian Days” annual powwow will take place at 7 p.m. at the Nanicost grounds.
And what would July 1 be without fireworks? These will take place at 10 p.m. (weather permitting) from “Seven Oaks,” with the best viewing along the La Verendrye Parkway.