ALBERTON – Families will get to celebrate Canada Day in Alberton with free fishing.
Megan Handrahan belts out the National Anthem during Canada Day flag-raising ceremonies in Alberton. Raising the flag is Alan Curtis, past provincial president of the Royal Canadian Legion. Cst. Gavin Moore, West Prince RCMP salutes.
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The town pond is being stocked by the P.E.I. Bait Fishers’ Group for two special fishing derbies. There was a derby for children 15 and under on Sunday. The second derby will be held on Tuesday, Canada Day, and is open to all ages. A fishing license is not required to fish in the town pond, but fly-fishing is prohibited. There will be no fishing on Monday, June 30.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The derby runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at the end of the derby.
Derby participants will not have to leave the pond to participate in Alberton’s official Canada Day activities.
Ceremonies will be based at the gazebo beside the pond and will commence at 1 p.m. with Megan Handrahan singing the national anthem during the flag-raising. Canada Day cake will then be served. Handrahan stays with the program to handle children’s face-painting.
Immediately following the opening ceremonies, Scotty McNeill will take charge of the microphone, heading up the afternoon entertainment until 4 p.m.
The Alberton Arts and Heritage Centre is also celebrating Canada’s birth, with a heritage tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Country Heart will be providing the entertainment.
In Tignish, Canada Day events will bring the annual Tignish Irish Moss Festival to a close. The official activities will take place at the Tignish Seniors Home Co-op at 1 p.m with flag raising and cake, activities for seniors, a petting zoo and entertainment.
Over at the Bi-centennial Park, children’s activities, including heritage games, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and a barbecue will be provided.
In O’Leary, Canada Day activities will be held in Centennial Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The recreation department is also organizing a children’s dodge gall tournament for 1 p.m. Following the 11 a.m. flag-raising ceremony, there will be entertainment by Maritime Idol finalist Jocelyn Jelley and free barbecue and Canada Day cake. The youth of the year and volunteer of the year awards will be presented during the program.
Organizers of Canada Day celebrations at the Cascumpec Schoolhouse are encouraging participants to dress in red and white for the occasion. Celebrations run from 10 a.m. to noon and include family activities, children’s prize table, games, face-painting and cake and barbecue.