Planning underway for Canada Day

Press Release

Teresa Hazel, who has stepped up to chair the Canada Day Celebrations committee after the departure of long-time chairman Paul Bock, said planning is well underway for this year’s party.
“Paul did a great job and made sure we always had a celebration in Fort Frances, whether it was large or small, and there are many volunteers who want to ensure this tradition continues,” said Hazel.
An enthusiastic group of volunteers is helping to plan this year’s event, including Dave Coats and Hal Mickelson (fireworks), Dawn Booth (sponsorships and parade), Sandra Allan and Jody Maguire (entertainment) Jordan Allan (set-up), Lynda Richardson and Joan Allison (children’s activities), Nicole Campbell (Energy Fitness 1K kids’ fun run), Melissa Gushulak (mini-king/queen contest), and Sarah Gould and Amy Wilson-Hands (beach volleyball tournament).
Other committee members include Mike Anderson and Shawn Gilmore.
“We definitely need more volunteers for set-up, as well as co-ordinators for the children’s activities and parade,” noted Hazel.
With expenses coming in at about $25,000 to organize the celebration, the committee also is in need of financial support.
“We received $6,400 from a Canada Day federal grant this year, so that gives us a start,” Hazel explained.
“We have also issued an exclusive sponsorship opportunity to a few major corporations with ties to Fort Frances, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed,” she added.
Hazel also said a formal request will be made to town council at its May 9 meeting for financial and in-kind support.
Financial donations from local businesses and individuals also will be sought this year.
“We are asking our local families, service groups, or businesses to consider making a donation to offset the costs of the many activities taking place, like the parade, children’s activities, mini-king/queen contest, entertainment,” Hazel said.
“There’s no shortage of areas that need support,” she stressed.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Sing, Dance, and March to the Music.”
“We’re encouraging groups to come out and show their Canadian pride through music and dance . . . what better way to celebrate a birthday party!” Hazel enthused.
Festivities taking place at Pither’s Point Park this year will feature “Castles & Crowns” kids’ activities in honour of the royal wedding that took place this year, the mini-king/queen contest, a family scavenger hunt, and the Energy Fitness 1K kids’ fun run.
Other activities will include miniature golf, food booths, bathtub races, horseshoe tournament, children and adult karaoke, musical entertainment featuring the Nighthawks and other musical guests, and a fun and competitive beach volleyball tournament.
The always-popular 50/50 Bingo tent will be up and running, as well.
The committee meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the ’52 Canadians Arena boardroom, with the next one slated for tomorrow (May 3).
Hazel encouraged anyone who wants to participate in this year’s Canada Day celebrations to attend a meeting, or give her a call with their ideas at 274-7299.
“We hope to see a variety of food booths available so everyone can come down to [Pither’s] Point to have lunch, enjoy the day, and celebrate our wonderful country,” she enthused.