It'll be a blast at the beach 0
By Lorne Stelmach
Another day of family fun is planned for Morden's Canada Day Beach Blast July 1 at Lake Minnewasta.
The Community Services Department of Morden plans the day of activities at Colert Beach each year to celebrate our nation.
"We have a lot of fun activities planned for this Canada Day. It's great because there's something everyone can enjoy," said Mahalia LePage, summer programmer.
"This year there seems to be even more involvement with local businesses ... with some actually participating directly in the day's activities," she said. "This is exciting, as it is our goal to create a festive atmosphere and provide entertainment for the whole community."
For the young ones, the day includes a children's scavenger hunt from 2 to 4:30 p.m. as well as face painting by the Pembina Hills Art Gallery between 2 and 5 p.m.
And kids off all ages can take part in the sand castle contest starting at 2 p.m. Vote for your favorite sand castle starting at 4 p.m. and have your name entered into a prize draw, and the winner and prize draw is announced at 5 p.m.
Entertainment in the evening features the band Rockalypso between 7 and 9 p.m. Music will be supplied throughout the day by Total Sound.
Then, of course, once dusk arrives, the grand finale will be the fireworks display.
Beach patrols will be on duty from noon to dusk. But please remember no one is allowed in the water or on the docks after sundown, and parents are asked to watch their children closely. Don't forget your mosquito repellent, sunscreen and blankets or chairs.
The cost is $8 per vehicle for a day pass or $35 for a 2012 season pass to Lake Minnewasta.
"We're looking forward to a fun day of activities celebrating Canada's birthday. Staff have been working on making this another memorable event, and of course, another spectacular fireworks display," said Clare Agnew, director of community services.
Sponsors for this event are the Town of Morden, Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area, Access Credit Union, Morden Co-op, Total Sound, Giant Tiger, Eagleye Printing as well as a "Celebrate Canada" grant from Canadian Heritage.