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CANADA DAY 2011: Annual festivities including parade, soap box derby and fireworks

CENTRE WELLINGTON - They celebrate it as two different days and events, but residents and visitors here will have a wide variety of events they can take in on July 1.

Elora has always celebrated that date as Dominion Day, and it has a history going back to well beyond the 1950s in the last century.

As usual in Elora, the day starts early with local firefighters offering a pancake and sausage breakfast at MacDonald Square.

Those who get there early can sometimes avoid the long line-ups.

Just up Geddes Street will come the sounds and rumble of wheels for a good part of the morning as area kids take part in the annual Soap Box Derby.That begins at 8am.

At 9am, there will be a 5km walk and run from Bissell Park. For information, visit www.knectcares.org.

At 11am, just after the Soap Box Derby is finished, the annual parade starts at the community centre down Geddes to Mill Street, and to Bissell Park.

The Elora Lions Club has, for many years, been serving a free drink and hot dog to visitors at the park, and that event is very popular. It is sponsored by the township.

At 12:15pm there is an annual Dominon Day Dash in the park - a fun run for kids.

The Rotary Club Duck race starts at 1:15pm.

From 2 to 4pm there is heritage entertainment with Older Voices, which offers heritage tours.

Then the scene shifts to Fergus and the community sportsplex.

From 6 to 9pm, with a $2 per person fee, visitors can enjoy live performances featuring country rock band Transit and special guest Detour, a youth band, and Seed, a rock and blues band.

Suitcase magician Allan Grose and other local artists will also entertain and there will be a kids’ midway and food venders.

At 10pm, there will be a spectacular fireworks show to complete the annual July 1 celebrations.

 

June 24, 2011

 
 

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