The Kemptville District Community Association will finally get another opportunity to run in-person Canada Day celebrations on July 1, after two years of online celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The online celebrations had involved virtual shows, colouring contests, house and business decorating contests, a restaurant challenge, and other such activities. 

“We’re going to have quite the event going on at Riverside Park this year,” said KDCA President Wendy Embleton. The celebration will involve live entertainment, activities, food vendors, a glow party, and fireworks. Wendy said that the KDCA is very excited to be back in person for the event. “We are so grateful, we’ve got so many great local businesses who have sponsored the event, making sure that it goes off without a hitch” she said. Sponsors include Myers Kemptville/Manotick, Canadian Tire, Cooperators Insurance, Samantha Rivet-Stevenson at RBC, Deron Givoque at O’Farrell, The Score, and many others. “The Volunteers who sit on the board for the KDCA have been truly amazing and at this point I think we are looking forward to 10:30 am July 1st to raise that flag and enjoy watching the fun unfold!” said Wendy.

There have been tentative plans to organize a parade as part of the celebrations as well, but Wendy is concerned that these plans may have to be cancelled because there are simply not enough participants signing up. All hope is not lost, however, with a deadline of June 25 for a final decision to be made. “People love parades, but if we don’t have the people coming in and doing it, it’s hard,” said Wendy. 

Planning for the Canada Day celebrations in Kemptville is a year-round process, with all hands on deck. The main show for the event – Eddy and the Stingrays – was booked in the fall of 2019, and the band has honoured their contract all this time for the upcoming event on July 1 due to the COVID-19 cancellations. “Kemptville people love Eddy and the Stingrays!” Wendy added. 

Wendy mentioned that as much as there are some expected challenges with organizing an in-person Canada Day celebration, some aspects are actually easier than organizing a virtual event. For example, virtual events require far more effort to get the word out and encourage participation. “Versus… you throw a party and everybody shows up,” said Wendy. 

Don’t miss a chance to come out and celebrate at Riverside Park on July 1!

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