Communities celebrate Canada’s birthday

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Over 400 people attended, the 10th Annual Debbie Seppola Canada Day Parade in Canyon Creek.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary the Canyon Creek Recreation Association, local businesses, Atco and residents raised funds to put 17 Canadian flags along Seppola and South Shore Drive.

Led by the RCMP and the Legion, the parade started at the hotel and ended at the Canyon Creek Arena. There were kids, OHVs, and maple leaves throughout the parade. Also, very calm horses who didn’t mind the dirt bikes right in front of them.

There were 23 entries in the parade in four categories, many more than the four floats when Debbie Seppola organized the first parade.

Ken Killeen won antiques. Norm Olson placed second and Michel Berger third.

There were both six-wheeled and four-wheeled float categories.

A float with a theme of fish aquarium won six-wheeled float and best overall. Pearson Train placed second and Jojo Seppola third.

Johnny Lukan won four-wheeled float. Dead chicken on quad placed second and Daxon McDonald third.

Northern Lights 4-H won horse and wagon, followed by Bonnie and Clyde and Liberty Tax.

At the arena, there was a free barbecue, face painting and cake.

The day closed with a half hour fireworks display.

Pearson Train won second place for six-wheeled float at the Canyon Creek parade. Drayder Pearson, Hudsyn Pearson, Bentlee Sloan, Knoxin Sloan, Oliver Broad, Gracie Churchill, Luke Mieklejohn, Kaden Anderson, Jessee Anderson and Laurie Pearson rode the train.
Redneck kids dressed in camouflage with their hunting dogs followed an OHV with branches sticking out everywhere.
All decked out for Canada day. Jojo Seppola won third place in the six-wheeled float. Her dad Joel Seppola is walking with her. Jojo’s grandmother, Debbie Seppola started the parade 10 years ago.
Ken Killeen won the antique category with his Chevy pickup. There were five antique vehicles in the parade.

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