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Meaford Canada Day 2011 (Posted On: Wednesday, June 01, 2011)

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Regardless of where you reside, a trip to Meaford this July 1st weekend promises to be a full-blown celebration of what it means to be Canadian. Plans are well underway for Canada Day 2011 with many local groups and community service clubs partnering to meet a common goal of creating a bustling daylong slate of activities.

The kickoff begins at Meaford Hall on Thursday, June 30th with a concert featuring Hip Hop Rap Reggae artist Kardinal Offishall.

Held on a Friday this year, the Canada Day festivities get underway with a pancake breakfast hosted by Meaford`s Military Family Resouce Centre in the Meaford Hall parking lot from 9am to 11am. The Golden Town Cruisers will also be on the scene bright and early with their extensive collection of antiques, classics and hot-rods as part of their Canada Day Car Show along the water on Bayfield Street from 9am to 4pm.

The Friends of Memorial Park are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce a new section of trail aptly named “Trillium Trail”. Folks are encouraged to attend the ceremony and to return to explore Trillium Trail at their leisure.

A quintessential July 1st tradition not seen in Meaford for the past four years will return with a Canada Day Parade staged by The Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 32. Beginning at 11am, the hour-long ceremony will proceed from the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre on Collingwood Street through the downtown core on Sykes Street North, turn left on Trowbridge, and then head down to finish at Meaford Harbour.
 
A packed agenda of activities will kick off in the Harbour Pavilion area at 12noon with a flag ceremony and speeches followed by a giant Canada Day cake cutting at 12:30pm. Families can also enjoy a variety of fun until 5pm including a dunk tank, face painting, bicycle rodeo, play area, fire truck and military displays, “Where the Heck is Meaford?” Motorcycle Rally, kids’ library activities, and visits from the Ontario Provincial Police Canine Unit, Coast Guard, Natural Resources, Meaford Grannies and Beautiful Joe Heritage Society. Canada Day food fare will be available from noon until midnight courtesy of the Rotary Club of Meaford and the Meaford Municipal Farmers’ Market will feature a variety of local vendors in the parking lot from 3pm to 7pm. Musical entertainment will be part and parcel of the day with The Innocent Criminals performing from 2pm to 5pm, The Will Matthews Band from 5 to 8 and then an evening Canada Day 60’s Dance with Route 66 from 8pm until midnight. This will be a rare chance to swing and rock out with Meaford Museum in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Of course, Canada Day could not be complete without the customary fireworks. At dusk, you will not want to miss a giant and spectacular display over the Harbour coordinated by the Meaford Kinsmen. Guaranteed that the awe and intensity of this light show will rival any Canada Day fireworks happening in any community anywhere!

You will want to save Saturday, July 2nd for shopping as the Meaford B.I.A. merchants will be featuring their annual Sidewalk Sale. Also Meaford Co-operative Preschool has a full slate of events planned to go along with their annual Duck Race. You will be able to purchase your ducks at the Harbour on July 1st. Also on Canada Day, a fundraising BBQ in anticipation of the race will be held at Meaford Foodland from 10am to 5pm.

In addition to the many generous organizations mentioned above, these activities would not be possible without the support, leadership and passionate community spirit of the Meaford & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Municipality of Meaford.

Canada Day festivities will also be happening in other parts of the Municipality of Meaford. On Thursday, June 30th from 6pm to dusk, there will be games, face painting, a BBQ and fireworks on the beach behind the Bay’s River Restaurant in Leith. Bognor is also holding fireworks on July 1st along with other fun including log sawing, a band, kids' activities, coffee, cake and more. The celebrations at Bognor Park start at 7pm.

We sincerely hope you will join us to honour our united pride in the Maple Leaf by making Meaford your destination of choice this year on Canada’s birthday and all weekend long!

Article by: Jamie Pettit  

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