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Heritage Day 2019Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Heritage Day 2019 was all about survival. It was a huge success and included numerous representatives to promote emergency preparedness. The emergency services and agencies that participated in the event interacted with the community and provided people with the opportunity to learn more about the agencies that provide disaster relief and general support. Visitors learned how to build their own preparedness kit and participated in activities for chances to win prizes, including a gift from the Survivorman himself, Les Stroud. At high noon, five fire departments converged on a farm field for a firefighter’s challenge. (Burk’s Falls, Perry, Kearney, Magnetawan and McMurrich/Monteith Fire Departments). This was the second annual challenge and resulted in a win for the Burk's Falls Fire Department for 2019! Congratulations! Attractions that entertained the crowd for the date included UFC Fighter, Kyle “The Monster” Nelson. Kyle is extremely supportive of promoting local events and always draws a crowd. We will also had free face painting, free inflatables, reptile adventure camp, and winning techniques sports camp. There was plenty of food and refreshments for sale by local sporting organizations and the Girl Guides.
We’ve called in the army and the Algonquin Regiment showcased military weapons and equipment. SHERP ATV was displayed and attracted not only the general public but all of our emergency services as well. This is an amazing rescue machine!
Another special guest, Sawyer the Therapy Dog from East and West Parry Sound Victim Services was in attendance. Sawyer made lots of friends on Survival Day.
The exhibit from the Archives of Ontario will continue to be on display in the farmhouse for the month of July. It’s an exhibit that recognizes the importance of medical records, professionals and our medical history of Ontario.
We also celebrated our 25th Anniversary and enclosed a time capsule that will be opened again in 2044. Be sure to visit our facebook page to view all of the photos and videos from the day.
Happy Heritage Day! Happy Survival Day! Be prepared - it's more than just a catchy slogan!