9:30 p.m., June 28)
Thousands turnout for inaugural Canada Day celebration in
By Fred Sherwin
even an afternoon deluge could dampen the spirit at Canada
Day celebration in Navan on Wednesday as thousands turned
out for the inaugural event.
a less than ideal weather forecast which called for showers
throughout the day, people turned out in droves, filling
the Navan fairground as the rain held off until midway
through the afternoon.
thousand people enjoyed musical performaces on the main
stage, activities in the Kids Tent, and demonstrations
by Radical Science and Litle Ray's Reptiles, while the
food vendors enjoyed brisk business feeding everyone.
celebration was abruptly interupted by a severe rainstorm
which sent everyone running for their cars just after
people began returning when the rain had stopped, but
the numbers remained low just after 8:30 p.m. when the
trickle turned into a steady stream of folks wanting to
see the fireworks.
10 p.m. the fairgrounds were again full as were many of
the streets around the site. Cars were also lined up on
both sides of several of the streets leading into Navan
as many people decided to watch the Canada Day finale
from where they parked.
estimates put the size of the crowd on the fairgrounds
at 8,000, while several thousand more watched the fireworks
display from outside the site.
suffering the anxieties of switching locations after 10
years on Petrie Island, the organizers of the Greater
Orleans Canada Day Celebration were thrilled with the
support the event received by both sponsors and celebrants.
were just too many issues on Petrie Island," explained
lead organizer Fred Sherwin. "Everything from access
to running water, electricity and a lack of parking was
putting a real strain on the continued viability of the
event. We needed to find a new home and the Navan fairgrounds
was the perfect alternative."
Judging by the number of smiling faces on Wednesday the
decision was the right one.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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