The Canada Day celebrations hosted by the District of New Hazelton at Allen Park were well attended again this year.
Things got under way in dismal looking weather at 9 a.m. with the pancake breakfast.
While the weather started off with rain and blowing cold winds, things soon turned around as people finished setting up and by the time all the main events started it had dried up.
Everyone joined in the singing of O’Canada and with a prayer and a few light speeches.
Once again the Gitanmess Dancers from Gitsegukla came and performed dancing, singing and drumming to the delight of many with lots of young dancers joining the masses this year.
The bouncy tents and merchandise and food vendors offered an array of items and there were organizations handing out pamphlets, cookies, buttons and more. There was the popcorn and snow cone tents that were huge hits and face painting and balloon making as well.
Shortly after lunch the much anticipated soap box derby got underway with an assortment of children of all ages participating this year. There were also no shortage of soap box wheels to be tried out with a few such as the rescue and Indy car being favourites.
There were several classes of races including five and under adults.
While there were some interesting driving techniques this year there were no serious crashes or physical injuries to any of the participants. However, spectators and participants did notice a few bruised egos amongst the adult racers and a few cars will need serious tune ups before returning next year.
Cake was also served and there were many great games and activities for the children.
Organizers were pleased with the events success and large number of residents and visitors that turned out to join in the fun.