Clarkson throws huge 200th birthday bash

    Free all-day party this Saturday, June 21 featuring an Air Show,
    Antique Cars, Scavenger Hunt, Fashion Show and much more

    CLARKSON, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - It's not often a community celebrates its
bicentennial - once every 200 years, to be precise - and Clarkson Village is
not about to let this major milestone pass without hosting a huge party in
    "Community volunteers have been working feverishly over the winter months
to organize a celebration worthy of 200 years of history," reports Roxanne
McKenzie, Chair, Clarkson 1808 Committee. "We're inviting everyone to come and
share in the fun. We promise it will be nothing short of spectacular!"
    This Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a wide
variety of fun, family-friendly activities will be stationed throughout the
Village, including a main stage at 1865 Lakeshore Road West (in the Home Sense
parking lot). From 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Lakeshore Road will be closed between
Southdown Road and Meadow Wood Road, with a free shuttle provided with stops
throughout the community surrounding the Village so that the other 'party
zones', including Centennial Plaza on Lorne Park Road, Clarkmore Plaza on
Clarkson Road, Southdown Plaza on Southdown Road and more, will be easily
    If you'd like to travel in a more traditional manner, several horse and
buggies will be on hand to transfer you and yours from station to station.
    "The focus of the day will be on the amazing history of Clarkson," says
    The Village's deep historical roots will be reflected with volunteers
dressed in colourful costumes from various decades strutting their stuff all
around town, announcements by a Town Crier, a vintage fire truck display at
the Clarkson Fire Station, a 1974 police cruiser to check out, walking tours
featuring heritage properties scheduled throughout the day, a historic
Scavenger Hunt, a Heritage Fashion Show, a Dress Up Clarkson Contest and so
much more.
    Vintage car aficionados will appreciate an Antique Car Show, including
Model T Fords.
    At 11 a.m., Judi Vankevich, better known as Miss Manners, will take to
the main stage to discuss proper etiquette with unsuspecting children. One of
the highlights of the day is sure to be the incredible Air Show, taking place
over the main stage at 2:45 p.m., which will feature a stunning World War I
Fly-By in the skies above Lake Ontario. At 3 p.m., event emcee Francis D'Souza
of CITY-TV will introduce Mayor Hazel McCallion and other special guests to
cut the enormous cake and lead the crowd in singing 'Happy Birthday' to
    For kids, there will be pony rides and puppetry, clowns and story time,
McDonaldland characters, inflatables, rides and games, Mad Science, a petting
zoo and more. Music lovers, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy one or
more of the amazing musical acts that will be scattered throughout the Village
as well as the main stage performances, which include Krista Blondin's Piece
of My Heart Tribute to Janis Joplin. Local authors Kathleen Hicks and Dave
Cook will be on hand to sign copies of their books and there will be a BBQ
hosted by Peel Regional Police.
    Please bring non-perishable food items for The Compass Food Bank. Drop
off is at Lakeshore Floor, located at Clarkson Road North, where the antique
car rally is being held.
    So join the community's Red Ribbon Campaign, tie a red ribbon round
yourself and everyone you know, and come celebrate Clarkson! Remember to mark
this Saturday, June 21 on your calendar.
    For more information, including a detailed schedule of events, links and
maps of the Village, visit or call

For further information:

For further information: Interviews are available: Kendra Court,
Gatherings Event Planning, (416) 558-0001, or; Roxanne McKenzie, Chair, Clarkson 1808
Committee, (416) 417-6253, or

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