TRURO - With many people wanting to show their true colours on July 1, there's lots planned throughout Colchester County for Canada Day.
Again this year, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 is organizing Canada Day festivities at Victoria Park. It's been an ongoing tradition since 1987, giving residents another reason to visit the park and participate in a Canadian tradition.
Adrian Armsworthy, the branch's second vice-president, will be this year's chairperson and has put together a full program for young and old alike.
Festivities in the park get underway at 12:30 p.m., with the Truro Concert Band taking the stage in the bandshell. Opening ceremonies begin at 1, with the legion Pipes and Drums band performing at 1:20 p.m.
Country Heat will spend the majority of the afternoon on the stage, performing from 1:40 until 4 p.m.
There will be freezies for children (while supplies last), free drinks, face painting, and games for kids beginning at 1:30, such as sack races, water balloon relays, and an egg and spoon race. There will also be balloon animals onsite.
The Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester have organized the children's activities.
The day will finish with a fireworks display, weather permitting, at the Colchester Legion Stadium, courtesy of the Downtown Truro Partnership.
Elsewhere in the county, the Village of Bible Hill is once again kicking celebrations off with a parade throughout the village. Entries to the parade are to line up at 9:30 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. parade start. The parade will begin on St. David's Avenue and head along Pictou Road to Johnson Avenue, along College Road and turn onto Vimy before heading back to Pictou Road and its starting point.
Following the parade will be a celebration at Bible Hill Recreation Park on Guest Drive, running from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
There will also be a celebration at the Masstown Community Park from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring games, face painting and food. If it rains, this event will be postponed until Natal Day.
In Balfron, there will be a charity supper at the Balfron Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children.