City prepares for Canada Day
Rob Chomik helps his daughter Baylee Chomik, 8, on stilts at the Camrose Centennial Museum for Canada 150 celebrations on Canada Day in Camrose, Alta. on Saturday July 1, 2017. Josh Aldrich/Camrose Canadian/Postmedia Network
Camrose will be honouring two organizations with their Canada Day celebrations this year.
2018 marks the centennial anniversaries for both the end of the first world war and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Organizers, however, are still working on the final details for the all-day festivities at the Camrose and District Museum grounds.
"If anybody has ideas around that theme, by all means they can present that but by all means it would have to be done quickly," said City of Camrose arts director and Canada Day Committee chairperson Jane Cherry-Lemire.
Opening ceremonies coordinator Janine Carroll said the Camorse branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is also celebrating 100 years and they will play a significant role in the days activities, including a reception in the Old Timer's Hut at the museum.
"We want them to be inside because of the weather, and the old timer's hut is one of the last army base buildings left and it does have a theme part to it," she said.
There will be a number of activities through out the day, many with familiar notes to Camrosians. The morning will start with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Lions Club at the Community Centre. There will be games for kids, the petting zoo, the train, demonstrations at the museum, and performances by Odin's Ravens Vikings reenactment club.
"I'm trying to get a couple of new attractions, so we'll see where that takes me," said Cherry-Lemire.
She added they have once again received a Canadian Heritage grant to help cover the cost of the celebrations and they response and support from the community has been strong as always, though she notes they can always use a little more, especially when it comes to volunteers. The day is organized by a five-person committee which also includes Val Sims, Dariya Veenstra and summer student Robyn Bahry.
There will also be entertainment on the main stage throughout the day with local groups Sawbones and Big Smoke Revival headlining the evening concert.
"There's entertainment all day, and even though some of the entertainment is the same, it doesn’t matter —how often do you get to see the Ukrainian dancers?" said Carroll. "Seeing them on stage is fabulous, people love to go see it."
The day will conclude with a fireworks display at dusk, which is always one of the big highlights of the celebrations.
"It's always a great show, especially for a small city," said Carroll. "We definitely don't have what Edmonton has, but for our size they're fantastic."