Port Dover ready for Canada Day

DSCF4441Port Dover’s granddaddy of festivals will turn 146 years old on July 1st. Port Dover Canada Day committee chair Lion Jack Hodgson reports all the partners in the day’s program are ready. Being on Monday, stretches out the holiday weekend, which is expected to create a larger that usual crowd for this year’s program.
The 2013 theme of Monday’s Canada Day celebration is ‘Port Dover: The Heart of Summer’.

Let the celebration begin

Port Dover Kinsmen Club’s popular Soap Box Derby will signal the beginning of the 2013 celebration at 9:00 a.m. when the first racers speed down the Chapman Street hill. It is open to all children 8 to 14 years.
The Home and Business Decorating Contest is scheduled to have the judges begin their rounds of the registered entrants at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. To register houses for judging call Port Dover Board of Trade at 519 583-1314.
The popular Canada Day Boat Parade is scheduled to begin at harbourfront at 11 a.m. Three categories are: Commercial Work Boats with prizes of $100, $50, $25; Pleasure Craft with steel hull, $100, $50, $25; Pleasure craft, power and sail, $100, $50, $25.
The popular All Breed Canine Classic Dog Show will again be held in Powell Park with registration at 11:15 and judging begins at 12 noon in eight categories.
Hugh Allan Branch Royal Canadian Legion will hold its Open House beginning at 12 noon. It is located on Market Street east.
The “Calithumpian Parade” starts at 2 p.m. along Main Street from Clifford Street to Clinton Street and north along St. George Street. There are numerous categories for parade entrants to win prizes. Eight bands have been arranged for this year’s parade.
In the evening, Port Dover Lions have planned music at Silver Lake Park from 8 p.m. until the fireworks start at about 10 p.m.
All residents and visitors are encouraged to help support the costs of the day-long events by purchasing a $2.00 Canada Day button available in many stores and from Lions members.

Photo: The vintage Port Dover fire truck owned by Port Dover Lions Club was partly decorated this week for the Canada Day parade next Monday. The five Lions taking on the task with enthusiasm are; on the upper deck Gord Leaker (at left) and Bob Ryerse. Seen stringing the flags are (left to right) Steve Prettie, Harry Smith and John Blakemore. The Lions Club’s pirate ship float will also be in the parade.


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