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Big day planned

Maypole dancing and a visit by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia will honour the Centennial during Pitt Meadows Day opening ceremonies June 7.

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Judith Guichon will be taking part in the opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. in the northeast corner of Harris Road Park.

Also taking part will be two circles of Maypole dancers from Pitt Meadows elementary.

Additionally the opening ceremonies will include the crowning of the Pitt Meadows Day Queen, and presentations of the Lynn Papp award winner and the award for citizen of the year.

The Centennial will be the theme for this year’s celebration, with activities in the park being extended to 8 p.m..

“We’ve asked everybody in the parade to consider a heritage approach,” said Rick Higgs of the Pitt Meadows Day Society. “Same with the exhibitors on the field, we’ve tried to encourage them to think heritage.”

Discovery Preschool will have photographs from its operation over the years and there will be artwork on display by children of heritage buildings in Pitt Meadows.

The Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse Association will have a booth, along with Scouts and Girl Guides, Ridge Meadows Ringette, 4-H clubs, and members of the Alouette River Management Society.

There will be a heritage photo booth where family groups can use period props and get their pictures taken.

This year, the Vancouver Fire Rescue Services Band, established in 1927, will be participating in the festivities, with its signature swing band style.

Higgs is expecting more than 80 entrants in the parade this year.

Also in the park, there will be a crafters area with more than 30 crafters selling their wares.

There will be bouncy castles and facepainting for the younger children.

Classic Jaguars will be on display.

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Arts Council and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services will have children’s games, activities and prizes.

There will be a free bicycle lock-up to encourage people leave their vehicles at home.

The Checkerboard Guy will be performing at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and will have both young and old  laughing  with his comedic juggling performance.

Entertainer Johnny B. Good will be performing at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. a salmon and chicken barbecue dinner will be prepared by the Pitt Meadows Volunteer Fire Department, and served downstairs at Heritage Hall.

More money has been allotted for the fireworks display at 10 p.m. at Pitt Meadows Athletic Park, Bonson Road and Airport Way.

“We’re looking forward to a special fire works display,” said Higgs.

“Ending with number 100 blasted into the sky.”

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