Canada Day celebrations in Boitanio Park this year will be filled with family fun in the afternoon and rock and roll in the evening, says event spokesperson Beth Holden.
The celebrations kick off at 2 p.m. with a blessing from T’exelc Williams Lake Indian Band and a welcome by city and CRD representatives.
It will be a day of music, dance, magic and fun.
Daytime musical performances include Signal Point Drummers, Quintet Plus, the Williams Lake Community Band and the Sugar Cane Hand Drummers.
While people enjoy these performances the Magical Jesaja will wander through the crowd dazzling all with his magical moves and the talented Al-Lisa will paint the faces of young and old alike.
“We are also happy to welcome the Little Chiefs Elementary School, which offers information about their school, stickers and pens, and a taste of homemade bannock and jam while local nurses will be testing blood pressure and handing out water.
The Grade 9-10 art students from Williams Lake Secondary School will be helping children create a collaborative painting that celebrates Canada Day in the Cariboo and, of course, we will have the traditional giant Canada Day Cake being served by Mayor Kerry Cook, members of the CRD and board members of the CCACS and Stampede Royalty.
From 5 to 6 p.m. the sweet voices of Angel Keys Children’s Choir will fill the air.
Then pull out your dancing shoes and get ready to rock and roll with Williams Lake’s own Rossetta Paxton, Randy Pokeda, Pat Myre and Mark Lees in their band called Hwy 97. Their original tunes include influences from traditional bluegrass, classic country, old time fiddle and classic rock.
“This four-person band has talent, rhythm and energy to spare, Holden says. “It is an evening not to be missed.”
Paxton recently performed at the Seniors’ Village luncheon and wagon rides event.
Holden says Canada Day is presented by the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District, with help from a number of community sponsors.