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West St. Paul Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday

Posted: July 1, 2017

Mayor Bruce Henley addressed the crowd at Canada Day celebrations at the Sunova Centre.

West St. Paul Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday

Hundreds of people showed up at the Sunova Centre, West St. Paul’s recreation site, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday today.

Following a pancake breakfast, the party kicked off with volunteers and Mayor Bruce Henley and Couns. Cheryl Christian, Detlef Hindemith and Peter Campbell digging in and planting 150 trees. St. Paul MLA Ron Schuler pitched in as well. All the trees were planted in less than an hour.

Mayor Henley welcomed everyone out for the day and said he was happy to see such a terrific turnout.

"This is what community is all about,” Henley said.

"It’s a perfect day and it’s really great to see the community come together to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Seeing everyone here at the Sunova Centre, enjoying the day and each other’s company, is a wonderful thing.”

West St. Paul operations clerk Rylee Innes emceed the tree planting and Sunova Centre employee Courtney Mandock addressed the crowd in French and English.

Senior summer camp staff member Robyn Coffey used her artistic talents to paint a Canada 150 logo and a tree on a rock in front of the Sunova Centre.

The large crowds were treated to Wonder Dog shows, Six Pines petting zoo and tons of fun and games for all.

O’Canada was sang at 3 p.m. followed by speeches and the cutting of the birthday cake.

Activities continue all day. Wrestling starts at 6 p.m., Firebreather Show at 7:30 p.m., Dust Rhinos Band at 8:15 p.m., Jukebox Heroes Band at 9:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10:45 p.m.

Silent Auction and 50/50 draws held at 10:30 p.m.

Happy Canada Day everyone!