Photos by: Denise Cooperwhite
The Milton Canada Day Committee exceeded expectations on Canada’s 150th Birthday, which also coincided with Milton’s 160th. The festivities at the fairgrounds were better than ever! The fair-weather day did not discourage Miltonians, who lined up an hour before the day’s events were set to begin.
The Mirza family, who arrived with their 2-year-old son Mikhael, noted that it seems to grow bigger every year, and they certainly weren’t going to miss this one. For the first time in a few years, Ramadan fasting did not cross over Canada Day, and Adeel and Tazeen were able to enjoy the delicious Fairgrounds food.
In addition to the midway rides, the highlight for most families, was the free Tim Horton’s sponsored Kids Zone. 8-year-old Colin Song took a stab at the 20-foot free-standing rock climbing wall, but the options for children were endless! Activities included a giant sand pile, mini-putt, paddle boats, hockey games, bouncy castle, slides, and large-scale Jenga.
Angela and Daniel Lekavicius, who were also celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary, challenged their sons London, Warren and Carson to complete a giant Canada themed cube puzzle. In the end, it seemed their real opponent was the wind! Angela says, “We’re just happy to be out celebrating our amazing country.”
Young volunteer Oluseyi Olomodosi is 19 years old and this event marks his fifth summer working with the Town of Milton. Olomodosi, who usually works in inclusion in city summer camps, integrating campers with special needs and exceptionalities, was right at home working in the Canada Day Kids Zone.
Under the pavilion stage, Mayor Gord Krantz kicked the day off with celebratory cake donated by La Rose, and joined the whole crowd in shouting “Happy Birthday Canada!”