Cel­e­brat­ing Canada, Strong & Free, in Hat­ley

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

This Tues­day, July 1st, is Canada’s birth­day and that means that, for the 106th time, the com­mu­nity of Hat­ley will wel­come ev­ery­one for a full day of fun and cel­e­bra­tion. Sit­ting at the back of The Com­mon is the newly-re­stored Hat­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, for­merly St. James Hall. The hall will be open for ev­ery­one to visit, and while in­side be sure to browse the Hat­ley Li­brary’s used book sale and en­joy a cof­fee, donuts, etc. be­ing sold by the Hat­ley United Church Women.

The dozens of hand­i­craft ta­bles and food ven­dors 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. Who knows how the float mak­ers will han­dle this year’s chal­leng­ing theme, “Canada: Strong and Free”, all with the hopes of win­ning some of the prize money! Be­sides the floats, the pa­rade tra­di­tion­ally fea­tures lo­cal Vet­er­ans, beau­ti­ful horses, the tiny Shriners cars, big fire trucks and more.

There will be additional food ven­dors this year as the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee tries out some new op­tions to ac­com­mo­date the di­verse palates of all the at­ten­dees.

A new pet­ting zoo, run by Cedar Brook Farm, is com­ing to the cel­e­bra­tion with a large va­ri­ety of an­i­mals, both big and small.

The af­ter­noon ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the tra­di­tional sword dancing and square dancing demon­stra­tions, old-fash­ioned chil­dren’s games with prizes, horse-drawn and oxen-drawn wagon rides, in­flat­able games and an ex­cit­ing soap box derby com­pe­ti­tion for young racers. The live mu­si­cal pro­gram, or­ga­nized once again by Bill Hartwell, will be­gin at 4:00 and con­tinue through the evening un­til the big fi­nale of fire­works, gen­er­ously pro­vided ev­ery year by the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley, at dusk.

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, other­wise you may find you have to park on the out­skirts of the town and walk in due to tem­po­rar­ily closed roads.

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

The Hat­ley Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tion takes place this Tues­day, July 1st, from 9:00 am to dusk, at The Com­mon in the cen­tre of the vil­lage of Hat­ley.

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