See you in Hatley on Sunday p. 16
ThisSunday, July 1st, is Canada’s birthday and that means that, for the 104th time, the community of Hatley will welcome everyone to The Common for a full day of fun and celebration.
The dozens of handicraft tables will be getting ready for business around 9:00 in the morning, giving visitors lots of time to shop for their souvenirs before the big parade at 11:00 am. This year’s parade theme is “Canada, Then and Now” so who knows what the floatmakers will come up with, all with the hopes of winning some of the prize money! Besides the floats, the parade traditionally features local Veterans, the Black Watch band, beautiful horses, the Shriners and their tiny cars, big fire trucks, antique cars and more.
After everyone has worked up an appetite watching the parade, they will find many options for lunch on site, such as the traditional luncheon at St. James Hall served by the Anglican Church Women, the Hot Dogs & Baked Beans served by the United Church Women, or Derby’s cantine, to name but a few delicious options! The afternoon activities include sword dancing and square dancing demonstrations, a 4H petting zoo, children’s games, oxen and horsedrawn wagon rides, a circus corner, inflatable games and an exciting Soap Box Derby competition for our young racers. The live musical program will begin at 4:00 pm and continue through the evening until the big finale of fireworks, generously provided every year by the municipality of Hatley, at dusk.
The volunteers of the Hatley Municipal Association, the organizers of this annual activity, would like to remind visitors that the donations received at the entrances to the site are badly needed to keep the annual Canada Day celebration functioning, especially as a free event. They are the only source of funding, apart from a few local corporate sponsors, to cover the costs of the day’s activities, dozens of prizes, and the ever- coveted wooden nickels!
And remember, if you want to be sure to see the parade, it’s always a good idea to arrive in Hatley and get your car parked before 10:00 am, otherwise you may find you have to park on the outskirts of the town and walk in due to temporarily closed roads.
The Hatley Canada Day Celebration takes place this Sunday, July 1st, from 9:00 am to dusk, at The Common in the centre of the village of Hatley. For more information, please visit our website
at www.hatleyparade. com, send us an email at email@example.com
or call Kylie at (819) 821-3282. See you there – rain or shine!
A dad and his daughter on parade at last year’s Hatley Canada Day celebration.