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Quyon celebrates Canada Day on a smaller scale

DARIUS SHAHHEYDARI
QUYON June 30, 2020
The Quyon Canada Day Committee held their annual event for the nation’s birthday, adapting to COVID-19 directives.
The event started at 4:00 p.m. on June 30 – a day before Canada Day, as per usual – down by the Quyon ferry landing, where . . .

a gazebo was open to the public and kids were playing on the nearby play structures.

Hot dogs and burgers were available for guests to purchase and additional toppings for burgers were placed in disposable containers.
Furthermore, guests had access to gloves and sanitation stations and there was a sign posted on the barbecue tent reminding guests to maintain a six-foot distance from each other.
If the limit of 50 people, set by the government, was to be reached at the gathering, then the committee members would have asked any new arrivals to settle at the tables by the river, away from the crowd.
Mitch Trudeau, the president of the committee, said the intention this year was to keep the event small in order to stay as safe as possible.
“In this community, we communicate well on Facebook with everybody and we pretty much know everybody, so everybody knows either come, eat, leave, or come, stay and then kind of make way,” he said.
An outdoor Zumba class was held at 5 p.m by the Quyon Family Centre, prior to the flag raising ceremony, which was scheduled at 7:30 p.m. but ended up taking place earlier.
The flag, which they have raised ceremoniously for three years now, is 24 feet long and 12 feet wide and needed 10 people to raise it. Prior to the ceremony it was deteriorating, which is why the committee hired a local seamstress, Linda Laframboise, to repair it.
“I was told that they are very, very expensive, those flags,” said Laframboise. “So, I went and got some nylon fabric and I took off about nine inches from the end of it and replaced that piece.”
Their annual fireworks show was cancelled since the person who comes in to do it could not make it this year.
The committee previously used Onslow Elementary School to have live entertainment for Canada Day, as well as a bar with a license to sell liquor. An outdoor parade is usually on the agenda, as well.
“André Fortin, Will Amos, the mayor and our councillor, they are usually in the parade every year,” said Trudeau.
Despite their plan to go ahead and hold an event during the pand
mic, they have received positive responses from the 3000 or so people that they had reached out to, according to Trudeau.
The president is optimistic about next year and said they have already started saving money for the fireworks then.
“Next year, we’re going to have a bigger event,” said Trudeau.

Griffin Fraser, his mother Sarah Kavanagh and father Rob Fraser attended the event with Canadian flags and apparel. Kavanagh said she moved to Quyon only a few years ago and the Canada Day celebration was one of the aspects of the town that surprised her most.