With Borderland having received around three inches of rain from a thunderstorm early yesterday morning, it looked like Canada Day would be washed out this year.
But with the stormy skies having cleared prior to the parade, and despite the enormous pools of water out at Pither’s Point, organizers still felt the event was a success.
“Considering how the day started, we were very happy with how well things turned out by the end of the day,” said Dawn Booth, a member of the Canada Day Celebrations Committee.
“The Point was a disgusting mess, but we made do with what we had,” she reasoned.
“A few events had to be cancelled because of the rain [such as laser tag] . . . but everything else went on as scheduled,” she added.
“There was lots of people out at the Point all day.”
The day’s activities included a pancake breakfast at the Legion, followed by the parade along Front Street.
Float winners were Borderland Roller Derby, Gerber Farms, and NCDS Career Works, who received Boston Pizza gift cards for $150, $100, and $50, respectively.
Not only did quite a few floats hand out candy and Freezies, there also was ice cream for the kids immediately following the parade, courtesy of the local Legion.
At the Point, there was a 4-on-4 beach volleyball tournament featuring a full slate of teams, fun and games for kids, food booths, Energy Fitness’ 1K kids’ run, horseshoes, open mic karaoke, the infamous Great Canadian Bathtub Races, and Bingo.
A fireworks display rounded out the festivities at dusk.
Booth noted the committee thanks all of the Canada Day sponsors, including the Town of Fort Frances and town workers, who helped them out in many ways.
She also stressed that Paul Bock, who’s been involved with “Fun in the Sun” for decades, deserves thanks for his many years of involvement.
This was his last year being involved with the local Canada Day celebration as he’s soon moving to B.C.
Booth said the Canada Day Celebrations Committee will have a wrap-up meeting in the near future, and probably hold its first meeting to begin planning for next year’s celebration in the fall.
She added anyone who has ideas for next year, or perhaps an opinion as to what they would have done differently this past year, is welcome to join the committee.
“If people want it to be bigger and better next year, they have to step up and help out,” Booth stressed.
Anyone interested in getting involved can contact her at 274-1843 or via e-mail at email@example.com