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(Updated 10:30 a.m., Jan. 27)
Greater Orléans Canada Day organizers calling it a day

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The organizers of the Greater Orléans Canada Day Celebration are calling it a day after 11 years.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the board of directors said they were discontinuing the event to pursue other initiatives. They also noted that it had become “increasingly difficult to raise the necessary funds to put on a first class event”, and that the situation had been exacerbated by the unpredictable weather that has plagued the event for the past several years.

The event was first organized in 2005 to fill a void left when the Fallingbrook and Chapel Hill Canada Day celebrations were suspended in 2003.

The first Greater Orléans Canada Day Celebration was held on Petrie Island and attracted over 20,000 people.
Last year, the event was moved to the Navan fairgrounds in an effort to keep expenses in line with shrinking revenues.

Entirely volunteer run, the celebration benefitted from the involvement of a number of community organizations and service clubs which were able to collectively raise over $35,000 since the event’s inception.

In their press release, the board of directors thanked the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the event a success year after year.

They also offered to provide advice to any group or individuals who might want to organize an alternative event.

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


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