Reinventing Canada Day in Morrisburg


Canada Day is fast approaching and the organizing committee for the Morrisburg celebration has lots of activities planned.

The July 1st festivities will take place, for the most part, at Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg. Kickoff to the day’s events  will begin at 11 a.m. with a special message from Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry MP Guy Lauzon. 

According to committee member Tracey Veinotte, “we’re trying to reinvent Canada Day by offering different activities for different interests.”

For the very young, there is an Ontario Early Years’ station from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. In addition, there will be a petting zoo and amusement rides. 

Keith Robinson, another committee member, pointed out that this year the petting zoo, sponsored by Riverside Recreation, will be bigger than last year.

This year’s amusement park will include rides for teens as well as for the younger children.

A new and exciting addition for teens is Mobile GamerZ, which features a mobile video game theatre that houses cutting-edge gaming consoles, 3D displays, and the most popular multi-player age-appropriate game titles. The plan for Canada Day is to set up a tournament for those interested in exercising their gaming capabilities.

Also new to the Canada Day celebration for 2012 is the Morrisburg Market, a farmers and artisans market with a little bit of everything. 

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., there will be vendors on hand selling a variety of products including the typical freshly grown fruits and vegetables, pickles, preserves, and freshly baked goods. Also available will be gluten-free baked goods, artwork, sewing, jewelry, assorted organic products, pottery, alpaca yarn-pillows-duvets along with artist James Bently who will be doing portraits on site.

The Morrisburg and District Lions and Leos are holding a bike decorating contest with judging to take place at 11 a.m. 

The Lions will host an all-day barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. that will include hamburgers, hotdogs and sausages.

Several local musicians will be sharing their talent with live music from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The Junior B’s will be running an on-site BINGO tent from noon until 4 p.m. 

The Morrisburg Legion will be offering a barbecue and games from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. as well as karaoke from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the legion.

In addition, the St. Mary’s Church has organized a Lobsterfest.

For those interested in history, John Carruthers will be on site manning a War of 1812 display from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For anyone interested in machines and equipment, there will be an equipment exhibition from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Dog lovers who enjoyed last year’s Hilltop K9 Agility demonstration are in luck as, once again, dogs of all kinds will be on site at 12:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. to showcase their talents.

Topping off the day’s festivities will be the annual fireworks display. The committee’s fundraising efforts have provided the money that is required to create a  longer, bigger and better fireworks display this year.

Currently, the group is selling tickets for a draw that is the final fundraiser for Canada Day 2012.

Tickets are still available for purchase at the Canadian Tire checkout counters daily. Also, a ticket sale table will be set up at Earl Baker Park on Canada Day where tickets will be available until the draw at 4 p.m. 

Draw prizes include gift certificates from: $750 from Canadian Tire; $500 from Valu-mart; $200 from Giant Tiger; $100 from Ultramar; and, $100 from Home Hardware.

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