The Williams Lake Community Band kicks off the Canada Day celebrations in Boitanio Park today with a free concert at the bandstand from noon to 1 p.m.
The opening ceremonies happen at 1 p.m. followed by all sorts of fun, games, and music. And of course slices of the extra large Canada Day Cake will be given away.
There will be prizes for the children’s writing and poster contest winners as well as for the winner of the quiz on knowledge about Canada.
Prizes will also be awarded in traditional games such as sack races.
Kids can also try some moves with hula hoops, Cariboo Chilcotin Gymnastics Club and Shogun Martial Arts Academy demonstration stations.
Some 200 yo-yos will also be given away by the Williams Lake and District Credit Union along with some free instruction with two talented young boys.
There will be air-filled, jumping toys set up for kids to play in and the Cariboo Cowgirls will be making a ride around the park to visit with kids.
Chris the Clown was so popular last year that he is coming back this year for a performance on stage about 3 p.m.
City interpreter Mary Forbes will be there visiting and telling stories. Three lakecity authors Ann Walsh, Jeannie Vant and Sage Birchwater will give readings.
The Stampede Whirl-a-ways will also have square dancing demonstrations that people can join and try, as well as musical entertainment by Quintet Plus choir and the duo A Perfect Match.
There will be a skate board competition happening all day today in the Nathan Matthews Memorial Skate Park. Competitors can sign up at 11:30 a.m. The entry fee is $5.
There will be categories for beginner, intermediate and advanced boarders; helmets will be required for competitors under the age of 19.
Each competitor will have a chance at a three-minute run. All proceeds raised from the event will go to improving the skate park and the Child Development Centre.