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Posted: July 8, 2017

City thanks Canada 150 participants and backers

Letter to the Editor

The City of Cranbrook would like to thank the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market, Connect Church, PB Pro Audio, Cranbrook to Wardner Trail Committee, Stages School of Dance, the Sam Steele Sweethearts and the Cranbrook Recreation and Community Services Play program for helping to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation at Rotary Park on July 1.

JJ Shiplett performs July 1 in Cranbrook. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW photo

With a record number of Canada Day vendors, 50 during the day and 17 at night, local producers served the public with food and drink, while others admired the arts and crafts of Kootenay artisans. July 1, 2017, will be recognized as one of the strongest attended markets in market history.

Hundreds of kids played in the water park. The new Rotary washrooms were officially opened during the celebrations by members of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook and Acting Mayor Wes Graham.

During the afternoon celebrations, Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka, and Acting Mayor Graham, welcomed over 70 cyclists who officially opened the Chief Isadore bike/hike trail to Cranbrook citizens, upon their arrival at Rotary Park.

Nine musical artists entertained the crowds throughout the day and night time activities. The headliner, JJ Shiplett, closed out the night on an upbeat note at the festival stage constructed by Connect Church. The laser light show was presented by Nu Salt Laser productions who programmed RGB lasers to cut through the park’s trees, and over the large crowds, while the music of Pink Floyd, and Star Wars was played. Stormtroopers from Stages School of Dance, also stormed the stage to entertain the crowds.

To close the night, an acapella rendition of O Canada was sung with the crowds, capped off with a blitz of red and white fireworks.

The community gathered en masse in Rotary Park to recognize Canada’s 150 anniversary of confederation, and the City of Cranbrook would like to thank all those that attended and supported the activities and celebrations.

Lead image: Cranbrook’s Bud Abbott leads the crowd in Rotary Park in a rendition of O Canada. Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW photo

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