Canada’s national holiday is celebrated on July 1. Canadians across the country and around the world show their pride in their history, culture and achievements. It’s been a day of celebration, where many festivities are held across the country, since 1868.
For the past two years The Sooke Lions Club has been organizing the July 1 festivities. This year there are some new events taking place, along with the traditional events people have come to expect.
“We’re proud to announce the return of the logging show by the West Coast Lumberjack Shows sponsored by Sooke Home Hardware,” said Lorne Christensen co-chair of the Sooke Canada Day celebration committee.
West Coast Lumberjack Shows is action-packed non-stop entertainment complete with its own portable stage, competitors and emcee. Their lumberjacks have been featured on The Bachelor Canada, Canada’s Got Talent as well as internationally on the Amazing Race Australia and the new Bates Motel.
Competitors will be competing in such events as chainsaw carving, standing block chop, axe throwing, and Jack ‘n Jill Cross Cut to name a few.
“There’s some items they can’t do here like log burling and pole climbing,” said Christensen.
Other entertainment includes music by the British Invasion with the Back Beat Band playing Beatles classics. Virtual Elvis, Scott McDonald, will perform two separate show. One is Elvis’ early years and the other is the Vegas years.
And of course there is the Canada Day cake cut, supplied by Western Foods, and served by local dignitaries, Sooke Pipes and Drums and the flag parade. A pie-eating contest is set for the first 10 people who show up.
Christensen said there are plenty of activities for the kids, like the fire department’s bouncy castle, and obstacle course and the Rotary Raft Race. The raft race is a crowd favourite as teams fashion their rafts and try to keep from sinking.
The event takes place at the Sooke Flats off Phillips Road and there will be a shuttle bus to take people to the celebrations. Village Foods is sponsoring the bus which will pick up people from Edward Milne community school and the bus stop across from Village on Sooke Road.
To end the day’s festivities, a fireworks display will take place in the evening.
“It’s a great way to spend the day and celebrate Canada – our country,” said Christensen.