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Hatley's 109th Annual Canada Day Celebration- Saturday, July 1st

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Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Hatley!

This Saturday, July 1st, is Canada’s 150th birthday and, for the 109th time, the community of Hatley will welcome everyone to The Common for a special day of extra fun and celebration. This year’s free event will be highlighted by the unveiling of the newest Pioneer Trail Character, Reverend Stewart, on the Common after the parade. There will also be short dramatic presentations in St. James Church (two in French at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm, and two in English at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm) that tie in with the unveiling and the history of Hatley. There is no charge to attend these professionally done theatrical presentations, but tickets are required and are available at the Community Centre on July 1st.

The dozens of handicraft tables and food vendors will be getting ready for business around 9:00 in the morning, giving visitors time to shop for souvenirs before the parade at 11:00. The float makers had a challenge building with this year’s theme in mind: “150 Years of Growing Up Canadian”, all with the hopes of winning some prize money! Besides the floats, the parade traditionally features local Veterans, beautiful horses, walking groups, the tiny Shriners cars, and always a few surprises. For the safety of all and in order to minimize the litter on the grounds, we would ask that no candy be thrown or otherwise distributed by the parade participants to the spectators.

The afternoon activities for this special anniversary are plentiful and include old-fashioned children’s games with prizes, horse-drawn and oxen-drawn wagon rides, inflatable games, a petting zoo, circus act demonstrations, an agility dog demonstration and a tree-climbing exhibition. The live musical program will begin at 4:00 and continue through the evening until the big finale of fireworks at 9:30 pm, generously provided every year by the municipality of Hatley.

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 am, otherwise you may have difficulty entering the village due to temporarily closed roads. There is plenty of free parking, both on the Common and the parking area near the United Church when entering the village by the North Road. This is a great option for people who wish to be able to leave quickly after the parade as traffic leaving the parking lots on the Common can become congested.

Visitors arriving via Rte. 143 will be asked to avoid using Rte. 208 in Massawippi to enter the village, and will instead be detoured via Kingscroft. This is in order to maintain a clear and safe evacuation route for emergency vehicles, if needed, and to minimize traffic congestion in the village. Signs will be installed to clearly indicate the modified entry routes and to assist people in way-finding. Road closure signs will be posted well in advance of the event to advise the general public that the road will be closed for the parade the morning of July 1st and to detour through-traffic away from the village.
The Hatley Canada Day Celebration takes place this Saturday, July 1st, from 9:00 am to dusk, at The Common in the centre of the village of Hatley. And don’t forget to pick up this historic year’s wooden nickel on your way in! Come one and all, rain or shine!

For more information:
• visit our website at www.hatleyparade.com
• email us at hatleyparade@hotmail.com
• call Kylie at (819) 821-3282