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Community BBQ set to go again

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Be sure to mark Sept. 12 on your calendars!

The second-annual community barbecue celebrating safety will be held next Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Point Park.

The Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team (SAPT), Safe Communities Rainy River District, and the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club have organized the free event for families to have a complimentary barbecued lunch and learn about community services while having fun.

“It’s something to educate people as to the different resources we have in our community, as well as to get people together in an environment that’s safe, free from substances,” said SAPT chair Tiffany Clifford-Smith.

“And it’s an opportunity to have a fun day where no one has to spend a dime,” added Clifford-Smith, who also is the aboriginal alcohol and drug worker at the local United Native Friendship Centre.

“They can go out and the whole family can have fun.”

With last year’s inaugural event being more successful than anticipated, organizers vow to be fully prepared this time around.

“Last year we had over 500 people attend, which was way more than we thought we were going to have,” noted Clifford-Smith.

“The Kiwanis Club was amazing—they went and got more food for us,” she said, adding the local club will be grilling up hotdogs again.

The family-oriented event also will feature bouncy castles, vendor booths, emergency services displays, and more.

Clifford-Smith said she has about 15 different community agencies signed up to attend.

“So it’s interactive for people to go to the different booths and get information about our different community resources,” she explained.

Clifford-Smith said the barbecue is shaping up to be a truly community event, with plenty of sponsors on board, as well.

Safeway, J.N. Webb Wholesale, Tim Hortons, and McDonald’s are among the local business that have donated to the event so far, with requests still pending at others.

Clifford-Smith urged everyone to attend next Saturday.

“I really encourage people to come out and have some fun, and enjoy what the community has to offer,” she enthused.

For more information or to register a booth, call Clifford-Smith at 274-8541.

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