All geared up for Canada Day festivities in Iroquois


The Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club, who have hosted Canada Day festivities at the Iroquois Locks for over 25 years, this year have made a significant change to the July 1st event’s grand finale.

The fireworks will be set off at the waterfront instead of the traditional Iroquois point location.

“We feel this location will make it easier for everyone to see the display of fireworks from town,” said Steve Wilson, president of the Iroquois-Matilda Lions. 

“We are always proud of the great job the firemen do in putting them on, making it easier for everyone to see is a bonus.”

While the all day event features plenty of food and fun, the club is proud to be able to feature an antique car show by the Golden Gears Car Club.

“Everyone should attend the event this year to see an amazing display of antique and classic cars,” said Wilson. 

“There is a renewed interest in restored and preserved automobiles. Here, enthusiasts can see the time and effort that has gone into making them look like new.” 

The car show runs from 10-3:30, with awards being handed out at 2:45 p.m.

“Our main attraction is the amazing line up of local talent that will entertain everyone from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” said Wilson. Cory Coons, Mary Perry County Classics, Bobby Paradis and Rukus are all featured.

“The most special event has to be our famous barbecue chicken,” said Wilson. 

“It is the best chicken by a dam site!” He recommends that tickets be purchased in advance at Mustard’s Variety or from any Lions’ member. 

“Get you tickets early because they will sell out, and you don’t want to be disappointed.”

Fireworks at the waterfront are expected to start around 9:45 p.m. Anywhere along the front streets should be the best vantage point.

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