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(Posted 9:30 p.m., June 19)
Navan celebrates Canada 150 with heritage parade and street dance
By Fred Sherwin

Navan Hertiage Parade organizer Wyatt McWilliams (far right) rides atop the wagon that participated in the World Record 50-Horse Hitch in 1998. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The entire town of Navan turned out for the village’s very own Canada 150 celebration on Saturday, starting with a heritage parade through town, and ending with a concert under the Domes by the country rock band, Ambush, that went on well into the night.

The parade was organized by local resident Wyatt McWilliams, who entered the massive chuck wagon that was used for the World Record 50-Horse Hitch back in 1998, but this time instead of being hauled by 50 giant Clydesdales, it was only pulled by two.

The parade was led off by the RCMP pipe and drum band under the direction of Brad Hampson. They were followed by a group of local residents carrying a giant Canadian flag.

What came next was a history of farm machinery down through the years, starting with seeders and followed by cultivators, thrashers, combines and mowers.

There were also a number of antique tractors and cars in the parade, and even a collection of antique bikes. All of the entries were greeted by an appreciative crowd which lined the entire parade route.

After the parade had returned to the Navan fairgrounds. Over a hundred hungry spectators enjoyed a barbeque provided by members of the Navan
Lions Club before things got underway
under the domes which once graced the alter for Pope John-Paul during the former pontif’s visit to Ottawa in 2004.

Navan Street Dance organizer John Bradley sings the Rollig Stone's hit song Satisfaction with members of the band Ambush during the Canada 150 event on June 17. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Local country rockers, Sterling, kicked things off on the outdoor stage at 8 p.m., followed by Ambush who got things rolling shortly after 9 p.m.

The highlight of the evening was an impromptu performance by the owner of J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store and event co-organizer John Bradley who belted out the Rolling Stone’s Satisfaction, which he sang during the very first Navan Street Dance in 1998.

After his performance, Bradley took a minute to reflect on the day’s events.

“It’s been spectacular. The weather cooperated. The parade was unique, just the way Wyatt wanted it with machinery from the turn of the century right up to 2017. It was educational and the people really enjoyed it,” said Bradley.

The wet weather held off for Sunday’s Sesquicentennial Bike Rally as well.
The event was organized by the Navan Lions Club and was held on the town’s multi-use pathway.

There was a healthy turnout despite the gloomy forecast, and all reports indicate that everyone who did turnout for the event, which included a hot dog BBQ at the end, had a great time.

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


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