Your guide to Canada Day and Moosefest Events

Fireworks display as viewed from Flat Rock Park. Observer file photo

There’s a big week of fun and events in store as Canada Day and Moosefest launch Dryden into summer, July 1-7.

Canada Day will be the main event in this final year of Moosefest — arranged to run the week following the national holiday.

Canada Day Triathlon – July 1

The Canada Day events get going early with local triathletes in the Wabigoon River for a 9 a.m. start. For more information click here.

Kinsmen Dragon Boats – July 1

Another cornerstone of the Canada Day experience in Dryden, the Kinsmen Dragon Boats are hosting one last practice opportunity on the evening of Wednesday, June 26 before the main event. Heats begin at 1 p.m. at Skene Landing and the grounds of the Riverview Lodge.

To register a team, download the form from the event’s website ‘www.dryden-dragonboats.ca’, or call Brad Coles at 223-3424 for more information. All proceeds from this event benefit the Still Me Program, which serves local residents fighting cancer.

Canada Day Block Party – July 1

The neighbourhood of Elvis Ave. and Taylor St. will play host to a new event drawing on an old idea. A neighbourhood block party invites all Dryden residents to ‘bring a chair and something to share’ between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Organizer Linda Truderung hopes to see lots of participation from neighbours and residents alike as they block off a section of Elvis Ave. from Wilde St. to Taylor St. for a day of getting to know your neighbours. There will be events for kids of all ages throughout the day. For more information or to volunteer, call Linda at 223-4178.

Canada Day Fireworks, July 1

A community fundraising effort yielding approximately $13,000 has ensured the continuation of a fireworks display in 2013 — don’t take it for granted. Bring plenty of bug spray and head on down to Flatrock Park for the show which takes place at dusk, July 1.

Spirit Walk – July 2 and 4

Moosefest is a great time to get in touch with your community’s past with the Dryden Genealogical Society’s Spirit Walk, July 2 and July 4. Hear some fascinating stories about the more notable residents of Dryden Cemetery in this walking tour that begins at 7 p.m. sharp. The walk is free and a voluntary donation box will be provided to assist the Dryden Genealogical Society in future projects. Pre-register by calling 223-5634.

Northern Lights Quarter Horse Show – July 5-7

Attracting competitors from the region and beyond, this three-day equestrian and showmanship competition is free to spectators from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5-7 at the Dryden Agricultural Fairgrounds.

 Dryden Soap Box Derby – July 6

The Dryden Soap Box Derby launches into 2013 with three competitive classes to race in this year’s July 6 event. The event will be held on the hilly Morrison Ave. (near Milestone rink) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Class A Stock event will feature racers from the ages of 8-12, the Class B Stock is for racers age 13 and up and the Class M Modified is for racers aged 8 and up. Pledge and registration forms are available at the Red Cross office. For more information contact Mike at 216-7959.

Weights and Wheels – July 6

There’s a new name and location for Moosefest’s annual Strongman competition and classic car show. Renamed ‘Weights and Wheels’, the event will take place Saturday July 6 at Eagle’s Landing Convention Centre and Sandy Beach recreational area.

The new venue boasts an onsite restaurant, golf course, ample parking and easy access to Sandy Beach recreational area. Free spectator admission and bleacher seating will be available for the show.

The strongmen are lined up and ready to compete in five events: tire flip, overhead press medley, truck pull, sand bag medley, and atlas stones. A children’s event will also run alongside the adults. For details on the lineup be sure to check their website at www.weightsandwheels.com.

The event will run from 11.a.m to 5 p.m. The adult Strongman competition will begin at 1 p.m. with the kids to begin at 12 p.m.

 Teddy Bear Picnic, July 7

The traditional send-off to Moosefest, the Teddy bear Picnic celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013 with a great day of free fun activities for kids at Sandy Beach Park.

Everyone is welcome and need only bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic lunch. Beginning at 11 a.m., enter your favourite bear in the teddy bear contest, take a wagon ride, go on a bear hunt, explore wood-working, crafts, cookie decorating, log a shift at the teddy bear hospital, or bounce in the huge bouncy castle and much more. All activities close at 2:00, and the teddy bear crew begin clean up of the area. However, the picnic is not quite over as families are encouraged to stay and participate in a free concert sponsored by the Children’s Delight.

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