Canada Day celebrations set for Riverbank and Kinsmen Park

Whether by the river or in the park, residents have a lot to choose from this Canada Day

A pair of dancers celebrate Canada Day in front of the main stage at Kinsmen Park in this file photo from July 1, 2016. -- Herald file photo.

Prince Albert residents will have plenty of events to choose from this year at Canada Day.

For the first time in several years, there will be two separate celebrations of the country’s birthday taking place in Prince Albert.

The Prince Albert Legion is having its event, as usual, in Kinsmen Park.  The Prince Albert Multicultural Council, which joined the Legion to put on celebrations in the park in the past, is having a celebration of its own this year on the riverbank.

The Legion’s activities start at 9 a.m. with a boys and girls ball tournament. Neptune’s Fish and Chips will be at Kinsmen Park all day.

Opening ceremonies get going at 10:45 a.m. with the marching on of the colours, and O Canada will be sung at 11 a.m.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. performers will be on stage, alongside band members Dennis Adams, Dean Kushneriuk, Mick Gratias, Terry Lasko and Rod Gjerde.

Performers include Taya Lebel, T.D. Christopher, Larry Krause, Layton Ferster, Rod Gjerde and more.

A cash draw is set for 4:30 p.m. and closing ceremonies at 5.

Throughout the day, a food booth, bingo, penny carnival, face painting, balloon animals, popcorn, ice cream and pie, snow cones and cotton candy, free Daily Herald kid’s newspaper keepsakes and free coffee will be available.

Evening events are being put on at the Prince Albert Exhibition in partnership with the Legion and the P.A. Ex.

June 29, 30 and July 1, goat tipping, mutton busting, barrel racing and relay racing will be on at the Prince Albert exhibition, along with chuckwagons and chariot racing beginning at 5 p.m. There will also be bouncy castles, a concession stand and a beer garden.

The Prince Albert Multicultural Council event starts at noon at Dave Steuart Park, River Street and First avenue East.

Music and entertainment will be offered until about 10 p.m. A reconciliation ceremony focused on youth will run from 6-7 and fireworks will be set off over the river at 10:15 p.m.

There will be a children’s stage and area with princesses, magic and other activities. Food trucks and merchandise vendors will open starting at 11 a.m.

Performers include Skaravan 1969, Oscar’s Hollow, Voices of the North, Oscar’s Hollow, Shayne Lazarowich, Between Bridges, and Paul-Emile Heureux and Serge Trembley.