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Nelsonites help Canada celebrate 149th Birthday at Lakeside Rotary Park

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 29th, 2016

Don’t miss Canada’s 149th birthday in the Heritage City, when Nelson resonates with celebrations at the Lakeside Rotary Park — complete with Fireworks at dusk.

The Chamber has continually hosted this annual community celebration to allow Canadians in the Greater Nelson area the chance to wave the Red Maple Leaf in a community wide celebration.

One of the highlights (see schedule below) each year is the serving of our Canada Day birthday cake, followed with live music and all kinds of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages.

There is also free rides on Streetcar #23 sponsored by the Nelson and District Credit Union.
The entire day is organized by the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by a variety of businesses as well as The City of Nelson, The Nelson Professional Firefighters.
Entertainment is lined up for the stage from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., culminating with the annual tremendous fireworks display beginning at dusk.

There is something for the entire family with long standing participants such as the Heritage Harmony Singer, the Nelson Community Band and Baker Street Blues Band.

The Brenda McJones Highland Dancers, Playmor Junction and Mountain Station take to the stage before Big Mama Blue and Blue Snake close out the entertainment.
The Opening Ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. with welcome address by Chamber of Commerce Vice President Michael Borch followed by Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall and Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak’s Canada Day Address.

Also on hand is the Colour Guard by the Nelson RCMP, Nelson City Police, Nelson Firefighters and Nelson  Rotary Club.

The Nelson Pilots Association will have a Fly Over during the ceremony.

Schedule of Entertainment

10:30 a.m. (Welcome) Mayor Deb Kozak Canada Day Address; Nelson Creston MLA Michelle Mungall  Nelson Pilots Association Fly Over, Colour Guard  Nelson RCMP, Nelson City Police, Nelson Firefighters, Nelson Rotary Club

(Schedule subject to change, all times approximate)

10:45 am          O Canada Heritage Harmony Singers 

10:50 am           Heritage Harmony Barbershop Choir     

11:15 am           AFKO Choir                                                               

12:00 pm          Nelson Community Band                                                         

1:00 pm             Brenda McJones Highland Dancers                                   

1:45 pm             Railtown

2:45 pm             Here Sayers

 4:00 pm            Playmor Junction

5:00pm              Baker Street Blues

6:00 pm             Mountain Station                                                         

7:15 pm             White Lightning Blues Band  

8:30pm              Big Mama Blue and Blue Snake

10 p.m. FIREWORKS Display Specialthanks to The City of Nelson, The Nelson Professional Fire Fighters Association, Heritage Canada, Celebrate Canada, RDCK Areas E, F, H, The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, and many community-minded businesses and organizations.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy music and entertainment from 10:30am-9:30pm

Indulge and Enjoy

8am-11am      Lions Club Pancake Breakfast         Baker Street

10am                Canada Day Cake on Display

11am                Canada Day Cake Served                 Chamber Directors/City Councilors /Dignitaries                  

11am-3pm     Rotary Club Annual BBQ               Rotary Shelter

Community Display Booths and Activities

Nelson and District Chamber of CommerceCanada Day Flags, Pins, Canadian Flag Stickers, information

103.5 Juice FM Bubbles the Clown Face painting and Balloons

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy; Story Walk;  A Storybook stroll for families throughout the park starting at the Playground area.

EZ Rock Sandcastle Contest (Lakeside Park Beach)

H.O.P.E. Church   Follow Your Dreams interpretation tent

Joshua’s Giant Bubbles Giant 10 Foot Bubble demonstrations

Kootenay Co-Op Radio Information booth promoting Co-Op radio plus raffle draw

Nelson and District Arts Council

Kootenay Christian Fellowship Face painting, coloring, bubbles, cotton, candy and popcorn

Nelson Friends of the Family    Children’s Fish Pond (Sebastian’s Pond)                            

Nelson Electric Tramway Society Historical museum display at the Streetcar Car Barn (Free Street Car for Canada Day courtesy of the Nelson and District Credit Union)

Nelson Izushi Friendship Society Oragami for kids and Sister City Information activities

Nelson Minor HockeyAssociation Puck Shoot with Mallards. Prizes
Nelson Pilot’s Association    Formation Fly By for Opening ceremonies      

Nelson and District Recreation Complex (RDCK)Carnival games, relay races, sponge throw, face painting near the boathouse

Pharmasave Sunscreen and bottled water

Save On Foods   Bouncy Castle and Watermelon giveaway

Selkirk College 50th anniversary celebrationinfo and memorabilia, free giveaways includingballoons, sunglasses

SEEDS Senior Economic Environmental Development Society Tours of the Lakeside Park greenhouse and outdoor garden, raffle

Sparkling Life Family Chiropractic

Sweet Sleep Consulting Bedtime themed Obstacle Course

Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History kid’s craft activities related to the history of Canada, and memory wall specific to Nelson.

Visions Alive Puppets Puppet shows and puppet play area

Wildsafe BC Community Information Booth  

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