The Wasaga Beach 2016 Canada Day celebrations will centre around Beach One in general, and the Main Street Market in particular.
The grand opening of the Main Street Market, Wasaga Beach`s newest attraction, in conjunction with the Town`s Canada Day blow-out, will commence at 11.45 A.M., Friday, July 1st., in the form of a ribbon cutting.
At 9.00 A.M., Friday morning, the Wasaga Beach Lions will be serving a pancake breakfast on the beach, and from 11.00 A.M. until 7 P. M. a variety of free family activities, including: a children`s activity centre, inflatable playground, magicians, stilt walkers, face painting, to name a few, will take place.
A variety of live entertainment will commence at 12.40 P.M. and will run until 10.00 P.M. on the Main Stage including: Sarah Smith, The Desotos, The James Barker Band and Marshall Dane. At 10 P.M. the spotlight will shift to the Beach Two area for a fireworks display.
The Main Street Market will operate from July 1st. to Labour Day weekend, featuring 12 retro kiosks offering cuisine and shopping options for local residents and visitors, and can be found on the east end of Beach One, along the former Pedestrian Mall area. The kiosks, which are anchored between the newly constructed “island style” open-air Beach Beer Garden, the home of Wasaga Beach`s own Beach 1 Cerveza, and an entertainment stage, offering a variety of entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.
There will be live music, buskers, and a glitter tattoo artist, along with the kiosk operators, Ashanti Coffee, Big Surf Ice-Cream, Gelato Gelato, Glitter By Design Studio, Mancave Bar B Q, Secrets of Transylvania, Squeeze`d, Taste of Paradise, The Poutine Shack, Uno Duo Sumo, and Wasaga Blooming Onion.
On Wednesday nights, starting on July 6th, there will be free, outdoor, family friendly movies in the Main Street Market area, showing Goosebumps, Jungle Book, Zootopia, Hotel Transylvania, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Warcraft, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Angry Birds, and Ratchet and Clank.
The latest addition to the area was agreed to at this week`s Council meeting, in the form of a group of “kiddie rides”, provided by Billy G. Amusements, who has brought his carnival rides to Wasaga Beach for the past few years.
The rides will be accompanied by games and food concessions aimed at the younger set, with an objective of attracting more families to Beach Areas One and Two.
The bulk of the facilities are slated for the former Dome site with a miniature train running nearby.
All in all, the planning of Beach One rentals, along with the seasonal entertainment line-ups, have been a struggle in getting Council approvals to move things ahead.
Now that we are on the eve of the kick-off to our Tourist Season, it is only hoped that all Wasaga Beach residents put past differences behind them and work together to ensure that the summer of 2016 will be remembered as the year that Wasaga Beach came back.