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Canada Day celebrations planned for Fort Macleod, Granum

Fort Macleod and Granum residents have big plans to celebrate Canada Day.
Both towns have celebrations planned for July 1.
Fort Museum
The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police is host of the Canada Day bash in Fort Macleod.
The day gets under way at 9 a.m. Monday with settlers’ crafts and games in the compound, followed at 10 a.m. by the Fort Olympics.
Dignitaries will take part in the opening ceremonies at 11 a.m., which includes the official inspection of the 2-013 Mounted Patrol.
The Mounted Patrol then moves to the Fort Museum’s arena at 11:30 a.m. for the inaugural 2013
Musical Ride. The Musical Ride will also be performed at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Following the first Musical Ride of the season there will be a barbecue in the compound, with Canada Day cake served in the museum’s main gallery.
At 12:45 p.m., the Fort Museum will co-ordinate a walking tour to the original fort site and the grave of legendary scout Jerry Potts.
The Fort Museum Players will present “March of the Red Coats” at 1 p.m. in the Blackfoot Gallery’s theatre. A second performance is at 2:30 p.m.
A clay blockhouse-building contest takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the compound, in which participants can win admission to the Groom A Horse program.
The fourth annual watermelon-eating contest is at 4 p.m. in the Blackfoot Gallery. Participants must sign up in the morning.
Granum Canada Day
A car show gets under way at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. in Granview Park to kick off Canada Day at Granum.
The annual parade gets under way at 11 a.m., followed by the opening of the Granum Museum at 12 noon.
There is a sand castle-building showcase at 12 noon at Granview Park.
Children’s games will be played from 1-4 p.m. at Granum school, with face-painting at the same time in the Homesteader.
Author Matthew Bryan will sign his new book “in Heaven’s Shadow” from 1-3 p.m. in the Homesteader.
A fund-raising barbecue dinner takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Homesteader, with cake and coffee served at 7 p.m.
Orange Blossom Special entertains from 5-7 p.m., followed by Night Time Sky from 8-10:30 p.m. in the Homesteader.
Fireworks will be set off after dark, or about 11 p.m., at Granum Golf Club.