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Knowlton Celebrates Canada's Birthday
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Despite rather cold grey weather the crowds made the Canada Day event another fun one for everyone!July First marked the 140th Birthday Party of Canada and residents of Knowlton braved the un-seasonably cold weather to show spirit and tenacity by filled the Lions Park for a day of fun and games and alot of good-old fashioned carnival style food!

Despite the grey clouds overhead the day was a huge success with the bike parade being the highlight of the day for many kids who came out with decorated bikes and painted faces. Even many of the dogs were gussied up with the red and white maple leaf today!

There was a petting zoo and alot of games for the kids and a raucous group gathered under the big top to hear the karoake singers take to the stage. One young chap's verison of a Shania Twain song had the crowd cheering for the sheer boldness of turning a well known song sung by one of our favorite divas into somewhat of an odd rendition sung by a fellow! The crowds appreciated the efforts though although the extended rounds of clapping might have also been partly to help keep warm!

There was music into the night courtesy of some great country and blues artists and the bright field lights illuminated the large crowd who seemed to take he weather in stride. There was much laughing, dancing, visiting, eating and of course a bit of refreshments enjoyed by everyone!

The fireworks display always mesmerizes the kids who look up in awe at the dancing colored lights!Around 9:30 the cars filled the parking lot of the Community Center and folks set-up lawn chairs on the fields around the Lions Park and the Duck Farm to watch the Knowlton fireworks display. When 10:15 rolled around the car horns started honking like they used to do at the drive-in when the movie was late!People were getting restless...we whistled and cheered and the honking grew louder...

Finally the huge field lights dimmed and a huge cheer went up into the night air as if the winning touchdown had been scored in the dying seconds of the big game! Moments later the thrilling fireworks lit up the sky and sent booming echoes across the hills. The kids cheered and sometimes held their little ears as the cracklers, sparklers and screaming witches danced overhead!

It was another great show and all the organizers deserve a big pat on the back!

Also, when we celebrate Canada's birthday it is also a good time to remember our brave soldiers around the world who are working hard at keeping the world a safer place; their sacrifices and those of their comrades before them should not be forgotten!

More pictures from the Knowlton Canada Day Festivities from Last Year

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