A day to show pride

Connor Doucette
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This kid had fun at last years Canada celebrations, which are back this weekend.

AMHERST – This weekend it’s time to put on the red and white for everything from bouncy castles to parades and dunk tanks during this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Cumberland County.

In Parrsboro the fire department will have a fire truck parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday followed by an outdoor canteen with homemade ice cream and a roast chicken dinner. There will also be a mock jail, said fire chief Randy Mosher.

“If somebody wants to incarcerate a ‘friend’ it’s $1 a minute.”

The Ottawa House will also be hosting a band choir, guest speakers, and a cake auction, and at the end of it all there will be fireworks.

In Pugwash things are going to be done differently this year, with the majority of celebrations taking place on Monday, July 2nd instead of on Sunday. The reason for this is that church services would make it difficult for the Gathering of the Clans parade, a massive competition between parade bands, to take place, said coordinator Lisa Betts.

 “Everyone would park in the street and it would just be a mess.”

Because the celebrations are taking place on the 2nd, the village will also receive no funding from the federal government and need to pay the $3000 plus bill from their own pockets.

Betts just hopes that word is out about the different date.

“There’s no other way. I’ve been doing everything I can think of to make sure everybody knows that. If they show up on Sunday there won’t be anything for them.”

Mayor of Springhill Allen Dill and CAO Don Tabor will be personally taking part in their town’s celebrations by volunteering as victims to the dunk tank on Saturday morning.

“It’s a fundraiser for the park and the first time we’ve tried something like this. So I when someone asked I said ‘hey, why not?’” Dill said.

There will also be a pie eating contest and water fight in the park and on Sunday there will be a bike rodeo and flag raising ceremony.

Amherst will be hosting a formal flag raising ceremony with dignitaries at 12:30. Then from 1 to 6 p.m. in Victoria Square there will be a number of venders including a bouncy castle, face-painting, cake serving and a band.

Canada day is an important day not just for the nation, but also for the community said Cory Crocker, the coordinator for Amherst’s celebrations.

“We’re a very proud country and we have a lot to be thankful for, and on a minor scale we have to be proud of our communities too.”

Organizations: Ottawa House

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Parrsboro, Pugwash Victoria Square Canada

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