Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved the formation of a Canada Day 2013 Committee. The committee will be working under the guidance of the Department of Recreation.
Privateer Days and Canada Day will fall on separate weekends this year. Plans are being made as to what the Canada Day celebrations will entail.
The main events planned would take place at Queens Place Emera Centre in the evening to avoid competing with other local activities based within the county.
Activities and ideas in the works include: a running event at Pine Grove Park and a War of 1812 event, an “I Love Canada” contest”, and a heritage component showcasing traditional Canadian skills. A fireworks display will also be included that night.
Both the Privateer Days Committee and the new Canada Day Committee would like to keep the two events separate. Last year no rides were available for Privateer Days because they had all been rented for Canada Day celebrations.
Councillor and chair of the Privateer Days committee, Brian Fralic feels keeping the two events separate will increase interest in Privateer Days.
“One of the problems we have always had with (Privateer Days) is that we are competing with every other Canada Day,” said Fralic.
Many families choose to start their vacation on the Canada Day long weekend which causes Privateer Days to lose traffic, he said.
“We are hoping that we have more access to bands, more access to the rides, we have more access to everything,” said Fralic.
The committee will be putting out a brochure to inform the public of other Canada Day celebrations that are taking place across the county. They’ll also be looking for volunteers to help in making the Canada Day celebrations happen.