The City of Quinte West is inviting the public to celebrate Canada Day in Centennial Park on Saturday, July 1.
During the celebrations, the CAN150 Fire Globe created by Shawn and Kelly Donnan of Horizon Metal Works will be on display at Centennial Park. This unique piece of local art was recently showcased in Ottawa for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The CAN150 Fire Globe is made of a 40″ hollow steel ball on which various Canadian symbols have been cut out by a laser cutter. Symbols such as the Parliament Buildings, the beaver, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Snowbirds,
moose, polar bear, and Rocky Mountains are just some of the Canadian artwork found on the sculpture.
Along with having it on display at the Quinte West headquarters during Canada Day, the CAN150 Fire Globe will be lit up via LED lighting during the fireworks display for all to enjoy.
“We are honoured to have this piece of local art at our Canada Day celebrations this year,” said Mayor Jim Harrison. “It is the perfect addition to the 150th celebrations. I invite you all to Centennial Park to enjoy a day filled of fun activities and, of course, to view the Fire Globe.”
Festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. and include a petting zoo, worship service, children’s games, inflatables, a car show, laser tag, pony rides, Knights of Columbus bingo, artisan vendor village, community group displays, spectacular fireworks display, and live musical entertainment featuring the Trenton Citizens Band, Wrought Iron Roots, Dr. Delicious and the Fantastic Flavours, Andrew Brickman and Roy Borden Jr.
Additionally, this year Quinte West will have a trolley transporting attendees, the Firefit Challenge and a multi-cultural aspect to the event to celebrate Canada’s big birthday.
Those wanting to show off their national pride are encouraged to join in the “Canada Day Eh Parade” leaving from the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens and ending at the headquarters stage along Couch Crescent. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should arrive at the arena entrance, register their name for judging, and be ready to go for 10:30 a.m.