Beginning with its traditional free breakfast at 9:00 a.m, the league has adopted the Canada 150 theme for the rest of the many events it has planned for the day.
Scona Seniors will kick things off with a special play they have written to celebrate Canada’s 150thbirthday. The play will be performed on the main stage in the hall at 10:15 a.m.
This will be followed by a children’s cardboard car making workshop, where kids will be encouraged to incorporate the Canada 150 theme in the cars they make and then display in a parade around the park.
At 11:00 a.m., Ritchie is teaming up with the Mainstreet Cruisers and Edmonton Street Rod Association to host its fourth straight Classic Car Show. As in the past, we are expecting about 100 classic vehicles to be entered in the show, which is open to anyone (registration is by donation). The show will run until 3:30 p.m., with prizes going to cars selected by Ritchie board members, car club representatives and all of the people in attendance.
At 1:00 p.m., Ritchie Community League will be hosting a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony, where 50 newcomers will be sworn in by a citizenship judge and given their citizenship papers. Plans call for the platform party, which will include Ritchie Community League president Tammy Hay, the citizenship judge, elected officials and a member of the RCMP to be lead in a procession from the hall to the park by a bagpiper. The Scona Seniors have offered to sing O’Canada and another song at the ceremony to help set the mood.
Live music in the park (before and after the citizenship ceremony), food trucks and a bouncy castle for the kids round out the day’s activities.
In addition, children from local schools have been invited to create Canada 150 posters, which will be shown in the hall throughout the day.
The league will also be running a 50/50 draw and a raffle, featuring prizes donated by local businesses. This includes gift certificates to Barb and Ernie’s, the Mill Creek Café and General Earth Store.
Everyone is encouraged to wear their Canada Day colors, in keeping with the theme of the event.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.