An elderly woman sets up Canada Day decorations downtown to get ready for the special event.

Celebrate Canada Day

  • Aug. 31, 2010 9:01 p.m.

Thousands of Canada Day revelers will be heading down to Bower Ponds for a packed slate of family fun Thursday.

Opening ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. with greetings from local MP Earl Dreeshen, MLAs Mary Anne Jablonski and Cal Dallas and Mayor Morris Flewwelling.

The mainstage entertainment kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs through to 11:15 p.m. capped off by a fireworks show at 11:15 p.m.

Evening entertainment highlights include The Boom Chucka Boys, Freedom in Pieces, The Haymakers, Tap 9 and St. James’ Gate.

Featuring Canadian Idol finalist Ryan LangLois and showcasing musical influences like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Chuck Berry, The Boom Chucka Boys meld the simple sounds of classic country, the energy of 50s rockabilly and the melodic hook of modern Nashville to create their own unique sound.

And rounding out the evening’s entertainment with their remarkable skills as musicians and flair for engaging audiences is St. James’ Gate.

Those planning to attend the festivities at Bower Ponds are reminded that there is no parking onsite – park and ride is available from the Memorial Centre parking lot starting at 9:15 a.m. and it runs at regular intervals throughout the day. Fares are $1 for adults, 50 cents for youth and seniors and there is no charge for children under five.

There is no charge to attend the Bower Ponds celebration, but a donation to the Red Deer Food Bank is appreciated.

For more information about Canada Day celebrations, call the Cronquist House at 403-346-0055 or email

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