It’s a little committee that is hard at work planning a big “July 1st” day for the community.
“We listened to what people told us they wanted last year, and we have tried to include as much as possible,” says Morrisburg’s Canada Day committee member Tracey Veinotte. “I think we have made some nice changes, and nice additions and there will be something for everyone. It should be a fun day.”
Foremost on the list of things to do, is for committee members to get out and about to sell the Canada Day Raffle tickets which contribute hugely to the cost of the Canada Day Fireworks. The ticket sales began this past weekend at Valu-mart and Canadian Tire and will continue throughout the next weeks leading up to July 1st.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Canadian Tire checkouts at any time.
On board to help raise money for the Fireworks which this year have a price tag of $11,300 is Kaylee Morrell and a volunteer committee which is organizing and hosting a Red and White Fireworks Fundraiser dance this Friday night, May 10 at the Morrisburg Legion. Music is by the local band Reckless and the cost is $10 per person.
“We are a small committee of under 10 people, so it becomes very labour intensive to get everything for the Canada Day celebration organized and advertised. When a group like Kaylee’s comes along and offers to help out, it certainly lightens the load. It is a wonderful offer.”
“Their group has done quite a good job in the past organizing and hosting dances to raise money for various causes.”
“We think everyone is the community really enjoys the fireworks, so we think the community is up for supporting the cause whether through the purchase of the Canada Day raffle tickets, attending the dance or both.”
Veinotte also explained that this year, “we are going to try music with the fireworks. Randy Chesbro is setting up a sound system that should be able to be heard throughout much of the park.”
Being revamped and expanded is the Market that was very popular last year. The all-day music in the park at the band stand will also see a few changes, mainly with a few additions to the performers.
Appearing for the first time is a local band, Furious Gord which includes Scott Veinotte, Mario Beriault, Derek Jones and Dan Barkley.
“What is really neat about this is that there is a second band, the Sons of Gord. These are some of the children of the band members and these talented youngsters (Conor Veinotte, Liam Veinotte, Gavin Veinotte and Joel Beriault) will play fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar. The boys do a show of their own between sets, and we think people will get a big kick out of seeing them perform.”
“Basically we listened to what people said last year and tried to bring them what they want,” says Veinotte of this year’s Canada Day lineup of events. For example a lot of parents wanted something involving the more traditional games like eggs on a spoon race and sack races. So we have the Ontario Early Years centre on board with this.”
“And we have the Willyburg Flyers coming in for a demo. They are thrilled to be included and there are a lot of people interested in seeing them. We have tried to include that kind of thing to make it a little more for everybody.”
The committee is now promoting the very important Canada Day Raffle ticket sales and Dance to support the fireworks.
Please watch for the ticket sellers and support this year’s Canada Day celebration.