Have you made your plans for Canada Day yet? Here’s what’s going on in Grey County on July 1st. Wear your best Canada garb, grab a maple donut, a coffee (double-double, of course!) and enjoy some Grey County hospitality!
In Owen Sound, head over to Kelso Beach Park at about noon for activities such as JUNO nominee Chris Mckhool, art and animation lessons by Curvey Lines Art School, demonstrations by Satellites Gymnastics, the Grey-Bruce Youth Talent Showcase, a variety of food vendors and much more! The evening entertainment will be Sultans of String (9-10pm) with fireworks starting at 10pm. Admission by donation ($2 suggested). Please leave pets at home.
Meaford-ites can tart the day off with a delicious pancake breakfast from 9-11am at the Meaford Market Square, followed by the BIA Community Sidewalk Yard sale at 10am. Other activities including a flag raising ceremony, performing artists such a Tyler “GROOVE” Boyle and Shane Cloutier band, and the Golden Town Cruisers Car show run throughout the day. Fireworks over Georgian Bay begin at dusk .
On the night of the 28th, come out to the Municipal Beach in Leith for lots of good food, musical entertainment by “May Contain Nuts” and a huge display of fireworks at dusk.
Those in the Bognor area can make their way to the Bognor Community Park & Community Centre for musical entertainment, family-oriented activities, food and a classic car show. Activities begin at 6:30pm. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
In my own back yard, join us in Priceville for the Annual Priceville Canada Day celebrations held at Stothart Hall Baseball diamond. The evening generally starts at 7pm and always includes great conversation, children’s activities, lots of food (I’ll be manning the BBQ and Laura will be working in the food booth) and all kinds of live music by talented locals. The always impressive fireworks begin at dusk. Admission by donation. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Sponsored by the Priceville Community Improvement Association with funding from Canadian Heritage.
In Hanover, events will be happening all afternoon at the Heritage Square. See what’s inside the time capsule before it gets buried, enjoy live music, a children’s carnival, Kung Fu demonstrations, food and much more!
As usual, Blue Mountain Resort will be doing it up big starting at 9am! Family activities will run throughout the Village including Military displays, face painting and balloon twisting. At 2pm, musical guests will lead the crowd in the singing of O,Canada and a cake cutting. Not a fan of birthday cake? There’s a BeaverTail eating contest starting at 4:30pm! Fireworks begin at approximately 10:15pm.
In the Thornbury area, the day’s activities kick off with the Beaver Crawl – bike, paddle, or run in the race that starts in Kimberley and finishes in Clarksburg. Exercise first thing in the morning isn’t your idea of fun? Maybe you’d prefer the pancake breakfast at The Royal Canadian Legion in downtown Clarksburg (8:30-10:30). Other activities include musical guests “Highway 26”, face painting, and a magic show. The Beaver Valley Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Groups, businesses and individuals are invited to join in the parade with floats, vintage cars, bicycles, music and even walkers are welcome to participate! (Those interested should line up at 10:30 a.m. in Clarksburg.) When you’re ready for lunch the Rotary will be serving chili and hotdogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At noon, there’s a cake cutting at the Bruce Street Parkette, the Georgian Bay British Car Club will have a display downtown and a Sidewalk Sale will run from noon to 3 p.m. There’s even an Air Show taking place at 1 p.m. sharp. Fireworks in Thornbury will actually be set off the night before, Friday June 30th at Tomahawk Park at 9:30.