STORY BY KELCI NICODEMUS
Blackie’s Canada Day celebration is sure to draw a big crowd this year from residents and visitors from surrounding areas who come together to experience the community’s small town feel while taking part in events geared toward people of all ages.
The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast followed by the parade that will begin at 10 a.m. Throughout the day numerous activities are held, including bouncy castles, a horseshoe competition and a sand pile with $500 in coins that kids under 13 can dig for.
“It’s a bit smaller of an event and it’s not so crowded so the kids get on the bouncy castles faster and it’s a more enjoyable time,” said Ian Whitworth, president of the Blackie Community Association.
Beef on a bun, hot dogs and pop will also be available. The community will also be having a pig roast, which is a new attraction this year. There will be a beer garden for the adults complete with a stage for the band.
The day time festivities will conclude at 4 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m.
Whitworth said the event is a great way to focus on the local community.
“The association’s new thinking is really in community connections and working on building and strengthening the connections with people who are in our local community and that’s what events like this do,” he said.
Blackie’s Canada Day festival is a treat for all ages.
For more information on Blackie’s Canada Day festivities, visit www.blackie.ca.