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(Posted 9:30 p.m., June 28)
Thousands turnout for inaugural Canada Day celebration in Navan

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Not even an afternoon deluge could dampen the spirit at Canada Day celebration in Navan on Wednesday as thousands turned out for the inaugural event.

Despite 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.

Several 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.

The celebration was abruptly interupted by a severe rainstorm which sent everyone running for their cars just after three o'clock.

Some 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.

By 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.

Some 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.

Despite 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.

"There 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.

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


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