Plenty to do in Tantramar for Canada Day

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Many events planned in local communities to celebrate July 1 holiday

Last year’s Canada Day Multi K Fun Run & Walk drew a large crowd. The popular event will return once again this year.

TANTRAMAR, N.B. – Crazy clowns, colorful cakes, kids activities and musical entertainment will highlight Canada Day celebrations in Tantramar this year.

With a line-up of entertainment and activities aimed to suit just about everyone’s tastes, this year’s July 1 festivities throughout the region promises to be loads of fun for the entire family.

In Sackville, the main events get under way on Bridge Street at 1 p.m. with the town crier kicking off the festivities, followed up by the usual singing of O’Canada and VIP speeches and cutting of the cake. This will be followed up by a performance by the Sackville Highland Dancers and music by Shelby Murray, a 23-year-old visually-impaired singer and multi-instrumentalist from Salisbury.

Also throughout the afternoon along Bridge Street will be a barbecue, a Waterfowl-themed photo booth, a bike rodeo with the Sackville bike co-op (kids are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets and try out the rodeo track), Lewis the Clown making balloon animals, face painting, a bouncy castle, crafts and games. If raining, the events will be held at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre.

The annual Canada Day Multi K Fun Run & Walk will also be part of Sackville’s events once again this year, urging residents to come out for a 3, 6 or 9K run starting at 1 p.m. (registration starts at 12:30 in front of the Salvation Army store). The only rules? Runners must wear red and white – and a smile!

Also in Sackville, the Campbell’s Carriage Factory on Church Street will be hosting tours at 11 a.m., while the Tantramar Heritage Trust will be holding a strawberry shortcake social at Boultenhouse at 3 p.m. The town of Sackville is also putting on a special screening of the Project Breathe Easy film at the Vogue, a film featuring top professional freestyle mountain bike riders that was filmed at a bike park in Truro, N.S., and spearheaded by Matt MacDuff. MacDuff, a pro freestyle biker, helped with the development of Sackville’s new bike park last summer.

In Dorchester, Canada Day events will be celebrated with family-friendly activities at the Keillor House Museum from 1-3 p.m. The afternoon will feature old-fashioned children’s games, prizes, cake and ice cream and a basket-weaving activity where kids can make their own basket and bring it home with them as a souvenir. The students of Aboriginal dance and drum will also be performing. Museum tours will be available throughout the day.

Along with the celebrations at Keillor House, St. Edward’s Community Hall will be hosting a First Nation exhibit entitled “Wood, Bone, Shell and Stone.” The exhibit is open for three days, June 30, from 2-4 p.m., July 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and July 2 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

Port Elgin’s festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. at Centennial Park with children’s games and activities. There will be a barbecue and cake starting at 11 a.m. and ‘Music in the Park’ by Jared Lutes from noon to 3 p.m.

The Monro Heritage Museum in Port Elgin will also be celebrating its official season opening on July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with refreshments and cake.

Fort Beausejour will also be marking Canada Day with a number of activities, including a kite-flying workshop and demonstrations with the Sky Lines Kite Club from noon to 2 p.m. and a scavenger hunt and Xplorer activites for families.

Admission is free at the Fort on Canada Day, where visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch, their kite and binoculars and come out and enjoy the day. Canada Day cake, tattoos, pins and bookmarks will also be handed out.

Organizations: Sackville bike co-op, Keillor House, Salvation Army Tantramar Heritage Trust Monro Heritage Museum Sky Lines Kite Club

Geographic location: Sackville, Tantramar, Bridge Street Salisbury Church Street Port Elgin Truro Dorchester Centennial Park

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