Hats off to the volunteers across Rainy River District who put on Canada Day celebrations to remember.
Across the district, the festivities started at 7 a.m. with a series of pancake breakfasts. What followed was a nearly non-stop lineup of activities, ranging from fun runs, parades, a fastball tourney in Barwick, family lawn games, 3-on-3 basketball, sand castle building, wake boarding and other water sports.
There also was live music, the ever-popular mini-king and queen contest, classic cars, artisan tents and food vendors, the return of log-rolling at the Point Park, and of course, a spectacular fireworks display to cap it all off.
But what people sometimes take for granted is who makes all of this possible.
Every community from Rainy River to Fort Frances depends on key volunteers to make events happen. Every event seems to go begging for volunteers to ease the workload of the few.
The Rainy River District summer events of 2017 will continue. Rainy River will host its 30th-annual “Railroad Daze” celebration on July 20-23, followed up by its walleye tournament and pumpkin festival in the fall. The annual Emo and District Fall Fair gets underway in August.
Fort Frances will host the Dragon Boat races, the Canadian Coasters car tour, and the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship all this this month.
As a citizen of the district, take your turn to volunteer at an event that will happen in the next three months.
You will get to meet newcomers to the district, resume old friendships and be rewarded with a renewed sense of pride in your district community.