Big Changes to Hat­ley’s Canada Day Event

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The Hat­ley Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion, now in its 106th year, will once again be held on July 1st 2014. This year’s theme is “Canada – Strong and Free”.

In an ef­fort to make the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar event as safe and en­joy­able as pos­si­ble for par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors alike, the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee has made sev­eral im­por­tant changes to the day’s set-up. Traf­fic And Park­ing

Con­scious of the fact that there were traf­fic and park­ing com­pli­ca­tions at last year’s event, changes have been made to the rec­om­mended en­try points for traf­fic ar­riv­ing in Hat­ley be­fore the pa­rade. In par­tic­u­lar, spec­ta­tors ar­riv­ing via Rte. 143 will be asked to avoid us­ing Rte. 208 in Mas­saw­ippi to en­ter the vil­lage, and will in­stead be de­toured via Kingscroft. This is in or­der to main­tain a clear and safe evac­u­a­tion route for emer­gency ve­hi­cles, if needed, and to min­i­mize traf­fic con­ges­tion in the vil­lage. Signs will be in­stalled to clearly in­di­cate the mod­i­fied en­try routes and to as­sist people in way-find­ing. Road clo­sure signs will be posted well in ad­vance of the event to ad­vise the gen­eral pub­lic that the road will be closed for the pa­rade the morn­ing of July 1st and to de­tour through-traf­fic away from the vil­lage. Show And Shine

The clas­sic cars will be ex­hib­ited in a “Show & Shine” dis­play rather than par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pa­rade. The hope is that this will al­low people to ap­pre­ci­ate the ve­hi­cles more fully by be­ing able to walk around and ad­mire the ve­hi­cles at their leisure and talk to the own­ers. Additional Food Ser­vice Providers

More food ven­dors will be on hand to meet the needs of the hun­gry at­ten­dees. In ad­di­tion to these im­prove­ments, the or­ga­niz­ers have com­mit­ted to hir­ing an in­creased num­ber of se­cu­rity guards and are work­ing closely with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that safety is of pri­mary con­cern.

Back by pop­u­lar de­mand, the 2014 lineup will once again in­clude a Soap-Box Derby. Chil­dren as young as 7 years old as of the day of the race are el­i­gi­ble to com­pete. For the in­struc­tions on how to build the right kind of ‘racer’ and all the rules, visit the Hat­ley Canada Day web­site at www.hat­ley­pa­rade.com

Most of the event’s other tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties are re­turn­ing as well, such as the ar­ti­san ta­bles, the chil­dren’s games, in­flat­able games, horse-drawn wagon rides, oxen rides and a Cir­cus Cor­ner. There will also be a new pet­ting zoo this year with lots of lit­tle an­i­mals for the kids to choose from. Live mu­sic from the band­stand will fill the air in the af­ter­noon and a fire­works show, cour­tesy of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley, will end the day at dark. Hope to see you on July 1st!

For additional in­for­ma­tion about the cel­e­bra­tion, please email your in­quiry to hat­ley­pa­rade@hot­mail.com or call Kylie Cote at (819) 821-3282.

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