Nation Valley News
SOUTH MOUNTAIN — It was cloudy skies and rain storms for most of Canada Day but that didn’t stop the folks of North Dundas from celebrating in South Mountain.
“It would take a bit more hail and snow to stop North Dundas to reschedule their Canada Day celebrations,” chuckled Mayor of North Dundas Eric Duncan.
Despite the excessively soggy morning the afternoon turned out to be sunny and hot — enough so that many children decided to take the plunge into the knee high deep ditches of the fairgrounds.
Several were seen swimming, splashing and running through water puddles. They were ‘happier than pigs’ sopping with mud and water from head-to-toe.
There was plenty of entertainment for all ages.
Children enjoyed bouncing on bouncy castles, viewing the Vanderlaand Barnyard Zoo, and watching the Shake-a-Paw Dog Agility Demo.
All ages were captivated by the various talented artists: local songstress Marleen Fawcett, 14-year-old Michaela Cote, Fresh Horses — a tribute to Garth Brooks, and of course, Ambush.
Fawcett opened her set with crowd favourites.
And the audience was blown away by the powerful voice of the young Michaela Cote — who is headed to Nashville to sing on the biggest stage of country music, the Grand Ol Opry, next month.
Fresh Horses got the audience’s participation with king-of-country-music Garth Brooks songs. Les Smith — lead singer of Fresh Horses — was fascinated by a young fan in the front row who sang and danced along to all of his songs. He nearly shed a tear after he invited four-year old Carter of Morrisburg to come up on stage to sing ‘Happy Birthday Canada’ with him.
Above, four-year-old Carter of Morrisburg almost brought a tear to the eye of country superstar facsimile Les Smith with a candid expression of patriotism while wearing a red cowboy hat and knee-high red cowboy boots.
The Fresh Horses frontman also got spectators to “stomp their rubber boots” in a “good ol’ fashion line dance” as he called it.
Ambush rounded out the night with a set before and after the fireworks.
Many were overly impressed with the fireworks display. One man observed, “They were way better than normal years in Ottawa. In fact even better because I didn’t have to wait for hours in line.”
Eric Duncan wanted to give the volunteers a “pat on the back for making this happen,” stressing that the day would not have been possible or nearly as successful without them.
A bit of footage from Canada Day celebrations in South Mountain, including fireworks, Shake-A-Paw dog agility demo, singer Michaela Cote and line-dancing to music played by Fresh Horses.
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