Celebrate Canada Day in Port Clements Friday

  • Jun. 30, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Get ready for a rip-roaring day of mud and music at the Port Clements community park Friday, where islanders will be gathering to celebrate Canada Day. The hard-working volunteers at the Port Clements recreation commission have put together a fun schedule of events that take place, for the most part, over one day, rather than the usual two. The only event that doesn’t take place on Friday is the kids fishing derby, which will happen on Thursday June 30, starting at 6 pm, at the big dock. The derby is open to everyone ages 15 and under and there are lots of great prizes. Please make sure you bring a lifejacket and your salt water fishing licence. Friday, July 1 starts off with a yummy pancake breakfast at the community park sponsored by the firefighters, starting at 8:30 am. Then it’s off to the parade, with participants gathering at Dyson and Bayview at 9:45 am, and the parade rolling through town starting at 10 am. Everyone is welcome to take part – bring your decorated floats, your decorated trucks, cars, bikes, and pets! There will be prizes for the best bikes, floats and animals. The concession booths open at 11 am, and there will be games for kids at the community park starting at 11:30 am. Tai Chi, a volleyball tournament, and a kids rugby demonstration will also take place in the park. At 1 pm, Port’s famous annual Mud Bog races get underway. Get to the track (up behind the soccer fields) early to get a good seat. (And if you want to enter, make sure you register by 12:30 pm.) There’s nothing like watching the cars and trucks racing through the thick muck and mire, trying not to get stuck while driving as fast as they can. Watch for the local favourite, Smokin’ Joe. The party’s not over yet. At 4 pm the musicians take to the stage at the baseball field for a brand new event, the “Battle of the Bands”. Please bring a chair for maximum comfort while you enjoy the musical competition. A panel of judges will determine the winner of the battle. The Community Hall Society will be running a beer garden at the field, starting at 4 pm. See you in Port Clements!

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