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Fireworks will light up over Kal Lake as part of long list of Canada Day festivities in Vernon

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June 09, 2016 - 3:34 PM


VERNON - The details of this year’s Canada Day celebrations have been announced, and fireworks will be back and better than ever.

A group of volunteers known as the North Okanagan Canada Day Society have come together to put on both daytime and evening events for residents to enjoy.

“The society was formed in response to liability concerns by the City of Vernon which also forced the cancellation of the 2015 fireworks display by the City of Vernon. Volunteers have come together under the society to ensure the continuation of both daytime and evening Canada Day celebrations in the North Okanagan for years to come,” states a media release.

In addition to a number of events in Polson Park July 1, there will also be a fireworks display on Kalamalka Lake. The display is being sponsored by Craftsman Collision.

“This year’s Craftsman Collision Canada Day Fireworks will be an amazing spectacle on Kal Lake,” regional manager Tom Watters, says in the release. “It’s an honour and privilege to be in a position where we can help the City of Vernon and the District of Coldstream host such a great, free family event.”

The Craftsman Collision Canada Day Fireworks start at 10:30 p.m. at the Kal Lake barge and pier.

“Please car pool to Kal beach or find a suitable vantage point in the area surrounding the bay,” the society says.

Kal Beach does not allow pets or alcohol, and the society asks that you please secure your pets at home.

2016 Schedule of events in Polson Park

Stage 1
10:00am - Sadok Ukrainian Dancers
11:00am - Armonia (light rock / dance band)
12:00pm - Shaughnessy Rose (classic rock)
12:45pm - Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band
1:00pm - Opening Ceremonies: color party, dignitaries
1:15pm - Singing of O Canada (Shaughnesey Rose) Speeches (cake cutting, Stage 2)
1:45pm - Ruth McGrath (cheek to cheek) dance Demo
2:00pm - Fiddler and the Keys (Old Time Music, Dance) Ruth and Dance company get crowd up to dance.
3:00pm - Scavenger Hunt winners announced, other contest announcements, prizes, draws.

Stage 2
1:30pm - Cake cutting (Queen Silver Star and Princess)
2:30pm - Kiki the Eco Elf
3:30pm - Magician (Magic Show)

10:30am - Dog Agility Demo
11:30am-2:00PM - Soccer Shoot
11:30am-4:00pm - Games, Giant Jenga, Ring Toss
11:00am -3:00pm – Horse and carriage rides around perimeter of field courtesy of O’Keefe Ranch
9:00am-4:00pm – ATV, dirt bike and off-road vehicle static displays on East end of track
10:00am-2:00pm – Medieval display and fighting demonstrations on west end of park
10:00am-4:00pm – Mini golf
10:00am-4:00pm – Bouncy castles

All events and activities completed by 4:00 p.m.

Fireworks sponsors include:
Government of Canada – via a Celebrate Canada Grant
City of Vernon
District of Coldstream
Sutton Group Lakefront Realty Vernon
Okanagan Restoration
Pinnacle Renewable Energy - Pellet Plant Lavington
Coldstream Volunteer Fire Department
BX Swan Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Vernon Volkswagen
Steve Smith @ Okanagan Pile Driving

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