Dr. Jo-Anne Bell, 2018 Kemptville Rotary Club Canada Day Parade Chair

The Kemptville Rotary Club is busily organizing the 2018 Canada Day Parade for July 1, and we invite you to join us. We all had a wonderful time during our 150 celebrations in 2017, and we are looking to do it again!

As Chair of the Kemptville Rotary Club’s Canada Day Parade, I am pleased to announce the parade theme for the upcoming year: “Celebrating Canada – Love the Maple Leaf”. Parade planning is well under way, and we hope that the theme for the 2018 Rotary Canada Day parade will inspire you. We are encouraging parade entries from the various service groups, volunteer organizations, youth clubs, farms, businesses, hamlets, and inspired individuals; the more the merrier! Your entry can be a float, a trailer, a vehicle (old, new, or simply funky), or on foot! If you wish to participate on roller skates, aboard a four-wheeler, riding a tractor, bicycle, or on horse-back, we want to see you in the Rotary Canada Day Parade! In addition, everyone who created a fabulous decoy for the Rotary Duck Decoy Challenge is invited to come and “walk with your duck”! And speaking of ducks, don’t forget to visit this year’s decoy display at Canadian Tire, located in the Hunting Pro Shop, and vote for your top three entries.

Remember our motto: Don’t rain on our parade – join us! We guarantee you will have lots of FUN!

The Rotary Canada Day parade will begin at 4 pm (rain or shine) from Campus Drive at the Kemptville College Campus, and will make its way through town along Prescott Street and end at Holy Cross Church on Clothier Street. There will be judges ready to award bragging rights to various parade entries. In addition, we are looking for the best costumes that you can create in one of two categories. Everyone who joins the parade, either as an individual or as a group, can compete to be the best dressed in “Red and White”, or your interpretation of “Love the Maple Leaf”. Let’s see what wonderful creations you can come up with!

To register, visit the Kemptville Rotary Club Website (www.kemptvillerotary.ca), click on Jo-Anne Bell, and send me an e-mail with your details. Registration is free! YOUR INVOLVEMENT IS KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL CANADA DAY CELEBRATION IN NORTH GRENVILLE.

The Kemptville Rotary Club sends a huge thank you to everyone who joined the parade last year! The entries were terrific, and your efforts were greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you all turn out again this year. More details are coming soon, and your job now is to think about how you want to celebrate Canada and make some fabulous new memories for July 1, 2018.

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