This year the big celebrations centred around the Iroquois Plaza focussed on commemorating the War of 1812, in this its 200th anniversary.
In addition to witnessing the fun enjoyed by crowd on hand for the various activities and events, the Iroquois and District Festival Committee, received much praise for their efforts from the dignitaries on hand for the opening ceremonies.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the committee for choosing to commemorate the war of 1812,” said Guy Lauzon, MP for Stormont, Dundas, South Glengarry. He added that this war was a hugely important turning point in Canada’s history. “I would like to commend the committee for recalling that and I would like to thank the committee for underlining its importance.”
After thanking the committee for all their hard work, South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds also spoke about the importance of commemorating the war of 1812.
“It’s a part of our history that is not so well known anymore, but events like this one will help bring it back out,” said Byvelds. “We have a whole year to commemorate this, and I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to take part in any commemorative event that occurs.”
1812 Grenville Militia Captain John Zaluska spoke about the War of 1812, explaining that the St. Lawrence and Iroquois areas have a rich history. He explained that the locals and loyalists of this area formed and joined local militias to work together in all of the engagements of 1812. “The smaller, lesser known battles were just as important and I encourage you to learn about your local history during the war of 1812,” he said.
Events included special meals at various locations, workshops, a parade, car club displays, a farmers market, sidewalk and yard sales in the plaza and fun for the kids which included a magic show, petting zoo and historical displays.
The winners of the colouring contest were Sarah Stewart, Heather Drew and Bryanna Whitford. The winner of the 50/50 draw was Scott Durant. who took home $455. The other $455 will go to the festival committee to cover the operating costs of the event