Mayor Dave Augustyn’s Column for the week of 27 June 2016
Canada Day 2016 in Pelham is our opportunity to gather with family and friends and to proudly celebrate all it means to be Canadian and to live in our great community.
This year, volunteers have worked with Town Staff and sponsors to put together a fabulous celebration!
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Fonthill & District for organizing amazing children’s activities from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Harold Black Park! Expect bouncy castles and activities, hands-on games and activities, and face painting.
On your way to and from the Park, check out the Grand Parade on Haist Street, starting from 1:00PM from A.K. Wigg School to the Park. Don’t forget to wear your favour red and white shirts and hats to show off your Canadian pride! Watch out for the Pelham firefighters – armed with water – or grab some candy and Canadian flags from other parade participants. Join us for the opening ceremonies at approximately 2:00 PM at the flag pole at Harold Black for the singing of the National Anthem and the cutting of the gigantic, free Canada Day birthday cake (thanks to Fonthill Sobey’s).
In addition to great food and music sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Energy, and Sawmill Golf Course, join in other activities at Harold Black Park, including: Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge at 2:30 PM; Poutine Eating Contest at 4:00 PM, sponsored by the Fonthill Lions Club; or watch the Krusher BMX Stunt Team at 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. And don’t forget about the amazing fireworks at 10:15 PM, sponsored by the Fonthill Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Or, if you want to “chill” at Peace Park in Downtown Fonthill instead, join in for free Canada Day Birthday Cake at 2:20 PM and musical entertainment by Honest Frankie from 2:30 to 4:00 PM.
Finally, don’t forget about the free shuttles – running noon to midnight (except during the parade between 1:00 – 3:00 PM) throughout the entire Town.
Special thanks to the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage for additional funding and support!
You and I are also blessed to have so many of our neighbours and businesses working to make our Town a prosperous, vibrant and caring community. I continue to marvel at the work and dedication of so many generous volunteers who form the foundation of our vibrant community throughout the year – not just on Canada Day.
As you and your family and friends commemorate our country’s 149th Birthday, I hope you will join me in celebrating and in giving thanks for Pelham and for Canada.
You may contact Mayor Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or read past columns at www.pelhammayordave.blogspot.com .