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Fort Macleod, Granum party on Canada Day

Fort Macleod and Granum pull out the stops every July 1 to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
Mounted riders in colourful uniforms, home-made ice cream and music are just a few of the treats in store for people who spend Canada Day in Fort Macleod.
Model T automobiles will be displayed on Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be races at the F.P. Walshe school track at 2 p.m.
Members of the community and visitors will gather at The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police for a celebration linked to the earliest days of the country.
The day at the Fort Museum starts at 9 a.m. with children’s games and crafts along with variety acts, including the Empress Theatre summer collective.
The debut of the Musical Ride takes place following an official ceremony at 11 a.m. That ceremony includes inspection of the new Mounted Patrol and the raising of the Canadian flag by the RCMP.
Every year the Fort Museum assembles its own Mounted Patrol, made up of riders dressed in replica 1876 North West Mounted Police uniforms.
Following the Musical Ride there is a barbecue, birthday cake and country music. At 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. there is story-telling in the Blackfoot Gallery.
Also at 1 p.m. there is a guided tour of the grave of legendary Mounted Police scout Jerry Potts and the original island site of the first Mounted Police fort.
A watermelon-eating contest is planned for 2:30 p.m., followed by First Nations dancing.
The Musical Ride will be performed at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The Empress Theatre will debut one of its new summer plays, “Birdbrain,” at 1 p.m. Friday. Then at 7:30 p.m. the Empress Theatre’s other summer offering, “Tornado Magnet,” debuts at 7:30 p.m.
Granum Canada Day
People in the Town of Granum always celebrate their country’s birthday with a celebration that begins early in the morning with a pancake breakfast and ends well after dark with a spectacular fireworks display.
The Granum Go Fars Car Club’s car show gets under way at 8:30 a.m. in Granview Park.
Parade entries line up at 9:30 a.m. at Granum Golf and Country Club, and then at 11 a.m. the popular parade gets under way.
A tractor show takes place at 12 noon on Landsdowne Street by the Granum Museum, and at the same time a sand castle-building contest starts on the beach in Granview Park.
The newly-expanded Granum Museum is open from 1-4 p.m.
There will be a bounce house and games for children from 1-4 p.m. at the Homesteader, where free watermelon will be served at 3 p.m.
Free birthday cake is served at 6 p.m. in the Homesteader, followed by entertainment by Charlie Ewing and Jackie Pratte at 7 p.m., leading to the fireworks at about 11 p.m. at Granum Golf Course.

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