Parade kicks off Colonial Days

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July 7, 2015 8:15 AM

More than 90 floats are expected to take part in this year’s Colonial Days Parade on July 8.

The parade, which opens the 2015 Colonial Days Fair, leaves the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds at 10 a.m. and snakes through the downtown. After passing Lloydminster City Hall, the cavalcade will head down 49 Avenue and return to the exhibition.

“It’s a great way to kick it off and have a lot of the community involved,” said exhibition communications specialist Tess Sidoryk. “It’s a great was for us to get everybody excited to come on down to Colonial Days.”

Although July 3 was the last day for an individual or group to register their parade float, Sidoryk says people can still bring their entries on parade day, but they won’t be placed into an organized section.

“The theme this year is ‘simply fun.’ I think that some people will get really creative with that so there’ll be some very unique floats,” Sidoryk said. “Anyone can have a float in the parade, there’s no charge. We have non-profits, big companies put them in too, small, local businesses. We have a little bit of everything.”

The parade has been a Lloydminster tradition for over 100 years. Each year, the exhibition committee selects an honorary parade marshal, and this year that duty falls on Peter Bygrove and his family.

Sidoryk says marshals are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including community involvement. Bygrove is a longtime board member and volunteer with the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association (LAEA). He was first elected to the board in 1974 and would go on to serve as president from 1984-1985.

This is his 40th year with the LAEA. Bygrove has also been honoured by the Canadian Hereford Association, the Red Carpet Hereford Sale board and the Hillmond 4-H Beef Club for his many years of service. Bygrove is also a member of the Saskatchewan 4-H Hall of Fame.

“It’s going to be lots of fun and we’re very excited and were very anxious for it to get here and we can’t wait,” Sidoryk said. “We’re hoping that the fair is going to be ‘simply fun.’”

General admission to the Colonial Days Fair is $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Children ages 12 and under get in free of charge. The exhibition is also offering its 4 Times the Fun at the Fair Pass, which grants four days entry at $50 for adults and $35 for students and seniors. July 7 is the last day to pick up a Colonial Days Superpass at the Lloydminster and District Co-op. The Superpass, which provides single day admission and a ‘ride all day’ armband, is $40 for adults, $37 for students and seniors and $30 for children ages three to 12.

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