8 a.m., July 2)
weather fails to dampen Petrie Island Canada Day celebration
By Fred Sherwin
Roney and Deborah Orth looked resplendent
in red and white during the Canada Day celebration
on Petrie Island. Fred Sherwin/Photo
rains late last week and into Canada Day made for extremely
soggy conditions on Petrie Island on Saturday, but it
did little to dampen the spirits of the many peoople who
attended this year's Canada Day celebration.
playing in the giant pond that has been created in the centre of the
island by the spring flood and last week’s rainfall, while there
parents kept watch from the safe and admittedly dry confines of
a nearby tent.
rain let up long enough for the all of the children’s activities
to take place in the Kids’ Zone, including a visit from Little
Ray’s Reptiles, Radical Science and an assortment of superheros
and Disney princesses.
festivities kicked off with the opening ceremonies attended
by Orléans MP Andrew Leslie, Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France
Lalonde and Orléans Ward city councillor Bob Monette.
was the first year that the local celebrations were held on
Petrie Island after a two-year hiatus. The event was held in
Navan in 2015 and was suspended last year while a new organization
was found to take the lead on putting the celebration together.
Club of Orléans eventually took up the challenge under the leadership
of Club president Harley Bloom and event chair Zybina Richards.
two individuals, along with the rest of the Club’s members
and a small army of volunteers, worked tirelessly to stage
this year’s celebrations despite all the many challenges,
not the least of which was the weather.
has been a challenge, but we did this for the community,"
said Richards during a break in the action. "The
community missed it last year and everyone wanted to see
it come back," said Richards.
course, the main reason why so many people wanted to see
the local celebration return to Petrie Island, was to give
local families an alternative to going downtown where they
would have to deal with the massive crowds.
focus from the start going back to the very first Greater
Orléans Canada Day Celebration has always been about family
and about the children," said Richards.
of the elements that had been a part of past celebrations on
Petrie Island were back for this year’s event including the
Kids Tent, the inflatable rides, the Beer Garden and the main
stage entertainment that included a number of local bands as
well as some young performers from the School of Rock
of the highlights of this year’s celebration was the Canada
Day cake which was supplied by the Top of Hill Bakery,
in F allingbrook. The five-foot tall cake weighed over
500 lbs and was shaped like a Mountie with a moose on
top. Suffice to say, Richards and the other members of
the organizing committee were thrilled with the final
of the Hill was very excited to be the cake sponsor this
year, and we were so, so pleased to see the results it
was amazing," said Richards.
Trudeau Park in Vars will be the site of a number of children's
activities, a BBQ and a Beer Tent from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Evening activities will be held on Devine Road near Sands
Road from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., capped by a giant fireworks
rain managed to hold off until after the kid’s activities
had wrapped up, but it returned with a vengeance just after
the dinner hour.
the Cumberland Village Community Association is holding
a BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2620 Market St. Activities
include a Bouncy Castle, free BBQ, a magic show, and a
Canada Day cake.
or not you go downtown or stay close to home remember
to stay safe and have a great time.
Amey family from Orléans show off their colours during
the Canada Day celebration on Petrie Island. Fred Sherwin/Photo
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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