Thursday, August 13, 2020

Wallaceburg Canada Day looking for financial boost

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Special to the Sydenham Current

The Wallaceburg Canada Day Celebration has always been an event that has been large for the community of Wallaceburg and surrounding areas, the new organizers say it can only get bigger from here.

The event will include TJ Stables pony rides, face painting, inflatables, live music, a family-friendly beverage garden with festivities and activities throughout the day followed by fireworks.

Event organizer Chris Glassford of Summit Shows Canada says the 2019 event has taken shape quite nicely but funding will be required for the fireworks portion of the evening.

“We have pretty much everything covered from tables and chairs, to fencing and staging. The biggest financial obstacle however is the fireworks show,” noted Glassford.

The fireworks show is set to take place July 1st at Perry Park at dusk.

The fireworks will cost the organizers $10,000 as they will be professionally set up by K&H Distribution, one of Canada’s top firework and pyrotechnic specialists.

Glassford said when taking on this project the plan is to build a sustainable event, and in doing so the company would be looking for sponsors who would trade dollars for advertising opportunities which would help reduce the cost of the fireworks.

Glassford has also hosted a handful of fundraisers in Wallaceburg for this cause.

“We have hosted a few fundraisers and they have brought a few hundred dollars in for the event, but we’re still facing a $10,000 price tag. Some local business such as the Stubby Goat have sponsored financially, while others have helped in-kind such as Authier Print and Promotion, Sydenham Current, Basso’s No Frills, Lambton-Kent Landscape, MovieTime and WAMBO (Stage).”

The group has also applied to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for additional support and are awaiting patiently for confirmation of support.

Summit has a few more events planned to raise money, including the Penny Social May 22nd at the Moose Lodge and a Cinderella ball for girls and boys ages 10 and under on May 26th, also at the Moose Lodge.

Businesses or individuals interested in supporting the Canada Day may reach out by email to, or through the Wallaceburg Canada Day Celebration Facebook page.

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