Canada Day festivities in downtown Ponoka

.

ADAM JACKSON/Ponoka News

Canadians who aren’t at the Stampede grounds on July 1 will still be able to show their pride — and fill their stomachs at the same time.

Canada Day celebrations will take place at both Klaglahachie Square and at Hamilton’s IGA.

In previous years, the celebrations have been relatively small, but this year, they are expected to be much bigger.

“The town receives a grant from the federal government for Canada Day celebrations and they asked us if we could team up with them for this year,” said Hamilton’s IGA’s Jim Hamilton.

“When they asked me to tie in, I decided that we should ramp it up a bit.”

The festivities, which run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., include bouncy castles and slides, 79-cent hot dogs and hamburgers, cake, ice cream and entertainment. Town councillors will serve ice cream.

Runners-up from the Ponoka Stampede Talent Show will sing every half hour during the event.

For Hamilton, it’s about much more than providing entertainment for people — it’s about Canada.

“I’m an incredibly patriotic person,” said Hamilton. “This particular event traditionally is all about Canada and the local people.”

For the last 30 years, IGA has been celebrating Canada Day. The event in past years has drawn close to 3,000 people.

Klaglahachie Square will celebrate Canada Day with a bang.

At 52nd Avenue and 51st Street, visitors are invited to take part in a carnival, street dance, bouncy castles, family games and old time photos between 4 and 10 p.m.

Just Posted

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

Almost a year ago Kenney dismissed Trudeau as a dilettante and a lightweight

ELECTION DAY: Lacombe-Ponoka heads to the polls

Voters came out to the Lacombe Memorial Centre to pick the next MLA of Lacombe-Ponoka

‘Open for business:’ Jason Kenney’s UCP wins majority in Alberta election

The UCP was leading or elected in 63 of 87 seats Tuesday night

Undercover cops don’t need warrant to email, text suspected child lurers: court

High court decision came Thursday in the case of Sean Patrick Mills of Newfoundland

VIDEO: Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday

Alberta RCMP reminds Albertans how to be ‘egg-stra’ safe this Easter

Put away phone while driving, plan for a designated driver

B.C. awaits Kenney’s ‘turn off taps,’ threat; Quebec rejects Alberta pipelines

B.C. Premier John Horgan said he spoke with Kenney Wednesday and the tone was cordial

Federal government extends deadline to make Trans Mountain decision to June 18

The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline on Feb. 22

Precautionary evacuation for Red Deer, Alta., residents due to industrial fire

City officials are advising people to close windows and doors and to turn off air intakes into homes

Study links preschool screen time to behavioural and attention problems

The research looked at more than 2,400 families

Most Read