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(Posted 5:30 p.m., June 3)
Rainy weather fails to dampen community spirit at pair of events

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Sisters Théa and Mikaela Desjardins get ready to set out on the Blackburn Fun Fair parade in Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


A steady drizzle was not the forecast Orléans Festival president Marc Poirier wanted to hear on Saturday, but while the weather may have dampened attendance at the three day event this weekend it did not dampen the spirits of the many performers or the audience.

The day started out with a sing-a-long with Uncle Jack and Auntie Louis which had the young audience in full voice. The God Keep Our Land gospel show enthused the crowd with the Holy Spirit and Ottawa Valley songstress Gail Gavin had her audience tapping their feet.

The top notch entertainment also included the Nimroy Brothers, the Al Woods and the Woodsmen Blues Jam, Tracteur Jack, and the Born Ruffians.

Non-musical entertainment included the Orleans Young Players children's production of "Who Are the Dwarves", a Bollywood workshop and a Taste of Orléans which gave the public a chance to sample food from a variety of local restaurants.

The wet weather did little to dampen the spirits of the particpants in this year's Blackburn Fun Fair parade or the few hundred people who came out to cheer them on along the parade route.

Ponchos and unbrellas were the order of the day as the parade meandered its way down Bearbrook Road from Ecole secondaire Louis-Riel to the Fun Fair site in Blackburn Park.

A group of pre-schoolers led the parade which also included members of the 1st Blackburn Scout Group; the staff, children and parents fromt the Children's Universe Daycare; and students from Glen Ogilvie Public School.

Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau was also in the queue with his wife Anne on a bicycle built for two.

Once at the park, the younger parade-goers ignored the rain drops as they rode on one of the midway attractions.

The sun eventually managed to poke through the dark skies later in the day, which helped bring out a few more people to enjoy the two community events.

The Orléans Festival and the Blackburn Fun Fair kick off a busy month in the east end. This Saturday, Petrie Island will play host to the SOAR Beach Volleyball Tournament, while Orléans Blvd. will be converted into a soap box derby track for the 7th Annual Orleans Soap Box Derby which gest underway at 9 a.m.

The Orleans Old Players will also be presenting their comedy prodcution of "Invasion of the Cod Snatchers" this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A special matinee performance will be held on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for students.

The annual Caribvibe celebration will be held on Petrie Island the following weekend as thousands of revellers descend on Orléans from as far away as Montreal and Toronto. The event gets underway Friday, July 6at noon.

June 16th is also the date for this year's Navan Street Dance featuring the popular Ottawa band Ambush. The music will kick off under the Domes at 8 p.m.Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.

Students from Glen Ogilvie Public School march in the Blackburn Fun Fair parade on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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