Canada Day celebrations are coming back to East St. Paul.
Nicole Fanshaw and Nicole Napoleone are teaming up to organize July 1 festivities at the Henderson Highway Legion Branch #215 (3600 De Vries Ave.).
Running from noon to 6 p.m., the family fun day will include child-friendly events like a bouncer, dunk tank, games, face painting, candy scramble, and kids’ karaoke.
"I would like to make it younger, incorporate families," explained Fanshaw, who sits on the board and co-owns the Lee’s on De Vries restaurant in the Legion. "There is no place in East St. Paul that hosts a Canada Day (event), and as a community, I would like to make this the place to come to."
There will be beer gardens for the adults, while all attendees can refresh themselves with a meal from the barbecue and some ice cream.
"We keep the kids entertained so the parents can have fun, too," Napoleone said.
Fanshaw explained that organizers are starting small when it comes to the inaugural celebrations, as they hope to build up in future years to include attractions like fireworks if the response is favourable.
Fanshaw said there are approximately 25 volunteers working to make the day a success.
Napoleone and Fanshaw have already organized other events, like a Hawaiian luau and snow golf. Napoleone recalls past Canada Day celebrations on-site before attendance began to dwindle and plans fell by the wayside.
She hopes a successful event will help to boost the legion’s role in the community.
"We used to come here with the kids, and then nothing for years," Napoleone said. "Hopefully this will become the go-to place for festivals, parties in East St. Paul."
Fanshaw noted there wasn’t necessarily a clamouring of local residents hoping for an event to be brought back, but now the efforts have been well-received since they were conceived about two months ago.
For more information, visit www.hendersonlegion.ca