Canada Day celebration preparation almost complete

Nathan Liewicki
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McKnight hopes to avoid another costly clean up bill

June is half over, which means Canadians are gearing up to celebrate the country’s 147th birthday on July 1.

Just minutes after an extremely active lightning storm passed over the city, the Canada Day fireworks began right on schedule.

Like municipalities of various shapes and sizes, Moose Jaw is preparing for the annual day that promises to be full of festive fun.

Russ McKnight, chairman of the Canada Day Committee, told the Times-Herald on Monday that nearly all of the planning for the day is complete, minus the need for more volunteers in an array of capacities.

The day will begin with the annual pancake breakfast at the Cosmo Senior Citizen’s Centre (8-11 a.m.). Last year there was a constant stream of people at the breakfast. McKnight joked about possibly having to turn the breakfast into brunch.

As such, there is going to be more seating at the Cosmo Centre this year.

“They’re putting up seating for 500,” said McKnight. “There was 400-plus people last year and I know there were people coming in and sitting on the floor, so that’s part of it.”

The Uncoolas will provide the musical entertainment, but there will be other entertainment during the afternoon, including more singers, dancers and –new for Canada Day 2014 – a ventriloquist.

However, the late night fireworks display is the main attraction, and for the second year in a row they will take place at Hamilton Flats.

“They were well received at Hamilton Flats because were able to see them from all over,” said McKnight.

If there is any inclement weather the evening of July 1, McKnight noted that there are no alternative plans to postpone the fireworks until a later date.

Although last year’s fireworks were exciting to behold, McKnight said he received a call from the City of Moose Jaw pertaining to littering.

“There were a lot of concerns that people were throwing their garbage all over the place,” he said.

They got hit with the clean up bill, something McKnight noted was costly and could be avoided if people take their garbage with them instead of leaving it lying around.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Canada Day Committee, Times-Herald, Cosmo Senior Citizen Cosmo Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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