Canada Day 2010 - Celebrating our diverse culture!

Boundary Sentinel
By Boundary Sentinel
June 28th, 2010

 Whether you’re in the mood to hike up Observation Mountain to sing O’Canada from the top, attending the dinner and dance in Greenwood, or just wanting to take in the entertainment at Gyro Park in Grand Forks, Canada Day is shaping up to be great fun!

 Nigel James will be leading the assault of Observation in Grand Forks and is inviting everyone to join him in the leisurely climb to the topv – preferably dressed in red and white, waving flags and singing as loud as possible. This second annual conquering of the Grand Forks icon will be paced so anyone can do the hike, and James’ hope is that everyone in Gyro Park will hear the hikers singing from the peak at the same time as the celebrations start in Gyro Park.
“(The hike will be) a challenge for all in the Grand Forks/Boundary area on our 143rd national holiday. It is a moderate route for the most part,  two kilometres long on vehicle trails and excellent foot trails with a climb of 250 metres / 800 feet up to the star overlooking Grand Forks. This would provide a most memorable day, especially for those who have never visited the peak of our local ‘rock’,” said James.
Grand Forks organizer Cher Wyers, often best known with her hat of city councilor, has also put together a busy day in the park at Gyro. With funding support from Canadian Heritage and the City of Grand Forks, Wyers has put together a line up of entertainment for everyone. From the Elks Pancake Breakfast over in the parking lot of Overwaitea Ltd. to food and arts concessions in the park and the Heritage Courthouse, to the Jazzercise fitness warm-up, and the music and dance entertainers slated from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be something for all ages to enjoy.
Mayor Taylor will kick-off the day after a flag and colour parade to the park and then the crowd will be invited to join in to sing O’Canada. Then wander the park and near-by courthouse to enjoy the visual displays and tasty treats.
Greenwood organizer Darla Ashton says that the day will be packed with fun for the whole family starting with the pancake breakfast being served by the Greenwood Elementary School students through to the dinner and dance all at the Greenwood Ballpark.
After the official opening and singing of the national anthem, prizes will be given for the best decorated bicycles and the best dressed family – Canadian theme of course! The day continues with bingo and games for everyone by Andy Shelton and the Greenwood Fire Department. The evening brings dinner with beef on a bun, dancing into the night with Dave Jackson and fireworks!
Happy 143rd Birthday Canada!
Canada Day 2010                            Schedule of Events             July 1, 2010
Welcoming The World of Diverse Cultures
Grand Forks
07:00 to 11:00 a.m.     Elks Pancake Breakfast – Overwaitea Parking Lot
Observation Mountain hike:
9:30 a.m. – meet at Barbara Ann Park, Riverside Drive / 83 Avenue.  Suggested stout footwear or good runners, shorts or longs, light shirt with sleeves, hat, camera, water bottle.
11:00 a.m. – on the peak, sing “O Canada”.
11:05 a.m. – return to Barbara Ann Park by 11:40 a.m. with time to move to downtown Grand Forks to get in line for cake.
Gyro Park
10:00 to  3:00 p.m.      Boundary Artisans’ Faire – Heritage Courthouse Grounds
10:15 a.m.      Jazzercise Fitness Warm-up For The Early Birds – Gyro Park!
10:45 a.m.      Flag & Colour Party marshaling – Credit Union Parking Lot
11:00 to 2:00 p.m.     Food Concessions

  • Grand Forks Art Gallery’s Popular Hot Dog Booth
  • Cecile’s Perogies
  • Overwaitea Foods Watermelon Feast

11:00 a.m.     Opening Ceremonies

  • Flag & Colour Party Arrives – Gyro Park
  •  Emcee Mayor Brian Taylor – Welcoming Canada’s Diverse Cultures
  • O Canada
  • Introduction – Grand Forks City Councillors

11:10 a.m.      Grand Forks Pipes & Drums
11:30 a.m.      “Kids Zone” Games Begin – Enter the Scavenger Hunt
Face Painting & Bibble Squeak the Clown provided by
Grand Forks Artisans Market
11:30 a.m.      Buck Naked & The Saddle Tramps
11:45 a.m.      Granby Dance Studio Irish Dancers
12:15 p.m.      Zak Eburne’s Band
12:30 p.m.      Canada Day FREE Cake – City Council
 1:00 p.m.       Local Entertainers’ Open Session
 1:30 p.m.       Bernice & Friends
 2:10 p.m.       Local Entertainers’ Open Session
Performers & scheduled times subject to change

8:00 am—11:00 am

· Pancake Breakfast—Fundraiser for Gwd Elementary 6/7 Class
10:00 am

· Prayer of Blessing for Canada Day—Paul Brandon
· O Canada
11:00 am

· Concession
· Kids Bike Parade
(Decorate your bike for prizes)
· Best Dressed ‘Canada Day’ Family
(Dress the WHOLE family up in a Canada Day theme for prizes)
· BINGO—Senior Citizens Branch #99
11:30 am

Kids’ League Champions vs Parents Baseball Game
1:00 pm—3:30 pm

Fun For Everyone Games with Andy Shelton & Greenwood Fire Dept.
4:00 pm

West Boundary Road Rescue Demonstration
5:00 pm—Dark

· Family Dinner—Beef on a Bun with Caesar Salad—$5
· Free Canada Day Cake
· Japanese Dancing—Students
· Fiddler—Ellen Tolson
· Family Dance—Dave Jackson


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