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Celebrating Canada, Strong & Free, in Hatley

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--June 23, 2014.

This Tuesday, July 1st, is Canada’s birthday and that means that, for the 106th time, the community of Hatley will welcome everyone for a full day of fun and celebration. Sitting at the back of The Common is the newly-restored Hatley Community Centre, formerly St. James Hall. The hall will be open for everyone to visit, and while inside be sure to browse the Hatley Library’s used book sale and enjoy a coffee, donuts, etc. being sold by the Hatley United Church Women.

The dozens of handicraft tables and food vendors will be getting ready for business around 9:00 in the morning, giving visitors lots of time to shop for their souvenirs before the big parade at 11:00. Who knows how the float makers will handle this year’s challenging theme, “Canada: Strong and Free”, all with the hopes of winning some of the prize money! Besides the floats, the parade traditionally features local Veterans, beautiful horses, the tiny Shriners cars, big fire trucks and more.

There will be additional food vendors this year as the organizing committee tries out some new options to accommodate the diverse palates of all the attendees.

A new petting zoo, run by Cedar Brook Farm, is coming to the celebration with a large variety of animals, both big and small.

The afternoon activities include the traditional sword dancing and square dancing demonstrations, old-fashioned children’s games with prizes, horse-drawn and oxen-drawn wagon rides, inflatable games and an exciting soap box derby competition for young racers. The live musical program, organized once again by Bill Hartwell, will begin at 4:00 and continue through the evening until the big finale of fireworks, generously provided every year by the Municipality of Hatley, at dusk.

And remember, if you want to be sure to see the parade, it’s always a good idea to arrive in Hatley and get your car parked before 10:00, otherwise you may find you have to park on the outskirts of the town and walk in due to temporarily closed roads.

For additional information about the celebration, please consult our website at www.hatleyparade.com, email your inquiry to hatleyparade@hotmail.com or call Kylie at (819) 821-3282.

The Hatley Canada Day Celebration takes place this Tuesday, July 1st, from 9:00 am to dusk, at The Common in the centre of the village of Hatley.

Rain or shine! Come one and all!