9:30 p.m., June 19)
celebrates Canada 150 with heritage parade and street
By Fred Sherwin
Hertiage Parade organizer Wyatt McWilliams
(far right) rides atop the wagon that participated
in the World Record 50-Horse Hitch in 1998.
entire town of Navan turned out for the villages
very own Canada 150 celebration on Saturday, starting
with a heritage parade through town, and ending with a
concert under the Domes by the country rock band, Ambush,
that went on well into the night.
parade was organized by local resident Wyatt McWilliams,
who entered the massive chuck wagon that was used for
the World Record 50-Horse Hitch back in 1998, but this
time instead of being hauled by 50 giant Clydesdales,
it was only pulled by two.
parade was led off by the RCMP pipe and drum band under
the direction of Brad Hampson. They were followed by a
group of local residents carrying a giant Canadian flag.
came next was a history of farm machinery down through
the years, starting with seeders and followed by cultivators,
thrashers, combines and mowers.
were also a number of antique tractors and cars in the
parade, and even a collection of antique bikes. All of
the entries were greeted by an appreciative crowd which
lined the entire parade route.
the parade had returned to the Navan fairgrounds. Over
a hundred hungry spectators enjoyed a barbeque provided
by members of the Navan
Lions Club before things got underway under
the domes which once graced the alter for Pope John-Paul
during the former pontifs visit to Ottawa in 2004.
country rockers, Sterling, kicked things off on the outdoor
stage at 8 p.m., followed by Ambush who got things rolling
shortly after 9 p.m.
Street Dance organizer John Bradley sings
the Rollig Stone's hit song Satisfaction
with members of the band Ambush during the
Canada 150 event on June 17. Fred Sherwin/Photo
highlight of the evening was an impromptu performance
by the owner of J.T. Bradleys Country Convenience
Store and event co-organizer John Bradley who belted out
the Rolling Stones Satisfaction, which he sang during
the very first Navan Street Dance in 1998.
his performance, Bradley took a minute to reflect on the
been spectacular. The weather cooperated. The parade was
unique, just the way Wyatt wanted it with machinery from
the turn of the century right up to 2017. It was educational
and the people really enjoyed it, said Bradley.
wet weather held off for Sundays Sesquicentennial
Bike Rally as well.
The event was organized by the Navan Lions Club and was
held on the towns multi-use pathway.
was a healthy turnout despite the gloomy forecast, and
all reports indicate that everyone who did turnout for
the event, which included a hot dog BBQ at the end, had
a great time.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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