Red and white were definitely the colours of choice for the hundreds of people enjoying Canada’s 145th birthday, July 1, 2012, in South Dundas.
Sunny skies and great temperatures ensured big turnouts in Iroquois and Morrisburg. Or, as MP Guy Lauzon jokingly told the Morrisburg crowd, “I just want you to know that the Federal government is responsible for this beautiful weather. If it rains, that’s the provincial government’s fault.”
Canada Day organizers for both communities were pleased with the great support they received from volunteers and area businesses and from the public. MPP Jim McDonnell and mayor Steven Byvelds joined Lauzon in thanking the committees for the hours and months of work they put in to make this Canada Day a success.
There was plenty to see and to do at area celebrations. Rides and games, petting zoos and bike decorating contests, giant inflatable slides and paddle boats entertained the smaller partiers. Adults could relax and take in some of the outstanding performers on stage in Earl Baker Park or at the Point.
As well as conventional hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, strawberry short cake and candy apples, Morrisburg held an evening lobster feast and Iroquois-Matilda Lions hosted their annual chicken barbecue.
Vendors at the Morrisburg Market offered something interesting for every shopping taste. Visitors could also enjoy a chat with John Carruthers, who had a display of 1812 weapons and musket balls at his table, in keeping with the 200th anniversary of the War.
The ecumenical service held outside in Iroquois in the early morning drew many worshippers.
Morrisburg’s K9 Agility events were crowd pleasers as was the TimBits soccer tournament held at the Point. The Car Show in Iroquois also proved popular, with 210 entrants coming out to talk about and show their cars.
Spectacular fireworks rounded out a full day of celebration in South Dundas. The word used most often to describe those shows at both Iroquois and Morrisburg was “awesome.”
Happy birthday, Canada. You’re looking mighty good for 145 years.