It’s almost Tubie Time!
The Ghosts of Tubie’s Past is the theme for the 45th anniversary of the event.
The Tubie organizing committee chose that as the theme because it captures the essence of the iconic event, which is a homecoming for many who return to reminisce about Tubies past, while joining in the present race.
This year marks the second year that the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce has undertaken the organizational aspect of the event.
SDCC general manager Geraldine Fitzsimmons said that the committee did learn a lot last year that they will apply this year.
The parade route has been shortened slightly, although it will for the most part remain the same. The route will start in the same location along Canada Way, but this year it will first travel along Sir James Morris Drive, heading sooner into the Morrisburg Plaza. The remainder of the route stays the same, but the parade will travel in the opposite direction.
The parade takes place Saturday, August 1, at 1 p.m.
Last year, the Tubie Committee held the dance for the first time ever under the stars, with entertainment by One Night Standards. They will do the same this year.
“People love it,” said Fitzsimmons, of the Morrisburg waterfront location. “I can’t see us taking the dance back inside again.”
The dance takes place Saturday, August 1, at 8 p.m., rain or shine.
Sunday is race day!
At 10 a.m. a duck race will take place at the Morrisburg Dock, but the big race – the Tubie race – goes from Arlor Haven Campground in Mariatown, Sunday at noon.
“We learned last year that the community really wanted, and appreciated the return to the traditional race,” said Fitzsimmons. The tradition is for Tubie crafts being paddled from Arlor Haven to the finish line at the Morrisburg beach.
“We are giving the community what they want, and I think they appreciate that,” said Fitzsimmons.
The South Dundas Chamber of Commerce and the Tubie weekend committee are looking forward to a great weekend, but more than that, they are looking to the future of Tubies. Their plan is to continue to grow the parade and the race over the next five years.
“We would love to have 50 floats in the parade and 50 Tubie crafts in the race for the 50th anniversary.”