Volume 12 Week 5

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(Posted 8 a.m., July 2)
Soggy weather fails to dampen Petrie Island Canada Day celebration
By Fred Sherwin

Donna Roney and Deborah Orth looked resplendent in red and white during the Canada Day celebration on Petrie Island. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Heavy rains late last week and into Canada Day made for extremely soggy conditions on Petrie Island on Saturday, but it did little to dampen the spirits of the many peoople who attended this year's Canada Day celebration.

Kids enjoyed playing in the giant pond that has been created in the centre of the island by the spring flood and last week’s rainfall, while there parents kept watch from the safe and admittedly dry confines of a nearby tent.

The rain let up long enough for the all of the children’s activities to take place in the Kids’ Zone, including a visit from Little Ray’s Reptiles, Radical Science and an assortment of superheros and Disney princesses.

The festivities kicked off with the opening ceremonies attended by Orléans MP Andrew Leslie, Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde and Orléans Ward city councillor Bob Monette.

This was the first year that the local celebrations were held on Petrie Island after a two-year hiatus. The event was held in Navan in 2015 and was suspended last year while a new organization was found to take the lead on putting the celebration together.

The Kiwanis Club of Orléans eventually took up the challenge under the leadership of Club president Harley Bloom and event chair Zybina Richards.

Those two individuals, along with the rest of the Club’s members and a small army of volunteers, worked tirelessly to stage this year’s celebrations despite all the many challenges, not the least of which was the weather.

"It has been a challenge, but we did this for the community," said Richards during a break in the action. "The community missed it last year and everyone wanted to see it come back," said Richards.

Of course, the main reason why so many people wanted to see the local celebration return to Petrie Island, was to give local families an alternative to going downtown where they would have to deal with the massive crowds.

"Our focus from the start going back to the very first Greater Orléans Canada Day Celebration has always been about family and about the children," said Richards.

Many of the elements that had been a part of past celebrations on Petrie Island were back for this year’s event including the Kids Tent, the inflatable rides, the Beer Garden and the main stage entertainment that included a number of local bands as well as some young performers from the School of Rock

One of the highlights of this year’s celebration was the Canada Day cake which was supplied by the Top of Hill Bakery, in F allingbrook. The five-foot tall cake weighed over 500 lbs and was shaped like a Mountie with a moose on top. Suffice to say, Richards and the other members of the organizing committee were thrilled with the final result.

"Top of the Hill was very excited to be the cake sponsor this year, and we were so, so pleased to see the results it was amazing," said Richards.

Alcide Trudeau Park in Vars will be the site of a number of children's activities, a BBQ and a Beer Tent from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evening activities will be held on Devine Road near Sands Road from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., capped by a giant fireworks display/

The rain managed to hold off until after the kid’s activities had wrapped up, but it returned with a vengeance just after the dinner hour.

Finally, the Cumberland Village Community Association is holding a BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2620 Market St. Activities include a Bouncy Castle, free BBQ, a magic show, and a Canada Day cake.

Whether or not you go downtown or stay close to home remember to stay safe and have a great time.

The Amey family from Orléans show off their colours during the Canada Day celebration on Petrie Island. Fred Sherwin/Photo

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


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