Simon Yeo has fun with bubbles on Canada Day at Klaglahachie Square during the Tim Hortons Children’s Festival. Fun events such as face painting and a balloon maker were part of the day.

Simon Yeo has fun with bubbles on Canada Day at Klaglahachie Square during the Tim Hortons Children’s Festival. Fun events such as face painting and a balloon maker were part of the day.

Ponoka celebrates Canada Day

Community marks the national holiday in festive mood

Canada Day was busy for organizers of the Klaglahachie Tim Hortons Children’s Festival held at the United Church.

There was musical entertainment, face painting and other fun events, including a human flag attempt organized by the Town of Ponoka.

Organizer Tina Hemingson said there had been many organizers who helped host the event and she was pleased with the turnout. “The volunteers are what makes things happen with Klaglahachie,” she stressed.

Volunteer Doug Hart enjoyed giving back to the community by helping out. He says there are many former residents of Ponoka who return during the Ponoka Stampede week to help out and this is another event where help is freely given.

“It gives us a chance to reconnect,” added Hart.

Working with Klaglahachie to host the event was the Town of Ponoka that helped organize the human flag, brought live music to Centennial Park and fireworks to cap off the day.

Wes Amendt, director of community services said he enjoyed bringing the human flag to the event. He said there were about 200 people that helped make the flag.

Coun. Teri Underhill said helping organize this event was something she was eager to see in action.

“I loved it. This is the kind of stuff that when I ran (during elections), this is what I wanted to do,” said Underhill.

She said that while they did not have enough people to fill the human flag, she feels the more the town brings these events to residents, the more people will participate.

She added that next year she intends to help plan the event earlier.

The town shared a federal grant with Hamilton’s IGA and the Klaglahachie group to host Canada Day festivities.