The dock’s about to rock as the 42nd annual Tubie Weekend is set for this weekend featuring Dock of Ages as the theme for this year’s Tubie Parade.
“We are really excited about this year’s tubie theme,” says Michael Domanko of the organizing committee. “I think it provides a lot of opportunity for classic rock and 80s big hair band inspired floats, which will take a lot of tubie participants, and spectators, back to their younger days.”
Although Domanko has heard lots of rumours about float themes, some even considering using their vessel as a vehicle for political satire, he has no confirmed knowledge of what creative entries will form part of this year’s parade. “One thing that is clear, is that the competitors are putting a lot of thought into their floats, but the final displays are pretty closely guarded until parade day.”
The tubie parade will take place at noon, Saturday, August 4, but this year that will not be the first tubie event. This year, the addition of Tubie a Teen, the new teen dance, will officially kick off the festivities. Taking place, Friday, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., under the big tent, organizers are hoping this inaugural teen dance will be a success. “I have heard a lot of positive comments about this event from the community, and specifically from the teens,” says Domanko.
While the teens will get to strut their stuff under the big tent Friday night, the older crowd will have their chance Saturday night when Ambush will rock the stage under the big tent from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The tubie races will take place at the Morrisburg dock Sunday at noon.
The state of the Morrisburg dock, which was this summer posted as unsafe for use, will not have an impact on the tubie races.
“The loss of the dock won’t affect us directly,” said Domanko, explaining that the starting line goes from the concrete wharf, not the wooden portion of the dock.
The number of teams set to participate in the races this year has not yet been firmed up, as the participants are notoriously late to register, but Domanko suspects the field of entries will be similar to that of last year. “We have a number of seasoned veterans returning to race in this year’s event,” said Domanko, who also confirmed that last year’s rookie champion, Katherine Lee will return to defend her title.
“We are really trying to encourage the younger people, like Katherine, to get involved in the race,” said Domanko. In an effort to do that, he would like those interested in getting involved in the race to contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org). “Even if you don’t have enough people for a team, contact me and we will try and find a place for you, in the race,” he said.
Although the Tubie dances, the parade and race are the weekend’s marquis events a number of other events will be taking place in Morrisburg throughout the weekend including Little Ray’s Reptiles Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Amphitheatre, a dog behaviour demo Saturday 2 p.m. at the dog park, the Lions Club Duck race Sunday, 10 a.m. at the Morrisburg beach and a free bouncy castle at the Docksyde at noon.