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Get Your Red and White ON

Posted on Thursday April 20, 2017
Canada 150-Colchester 225 logo with maple leaf

Essex prepares to host Canada 150 - Ontario 150 - Colchester 225 event

The Town of Essex will boldly display its Canadian pride on July 29, 2017 when it hosts “Get Your Red and White ON” – a one-day celebration of Colchester’s 225th anniversary as part of the rich cultural legacy of Ontario’s and Canada’s 150 years.

“This special celebration aims to connect residents and visitors to the historical and cultural roots of Colchester, the oldest English settlement in Upper Canada south of the Niagara region,” says Doug Sweet, Director of Corporate Services.

Dating back to the late 18th century, settlement in the Colchester area began shortly after the American Revolution, accelerating after 1792 with the arrival of former British soldiers and loyalists along the north shore of Lake Erie.

“This part of our community is uniquely positioned on and below the 42nd parallel, along the vibrant north shore wine route,” says Sweet. “We’re very proud of our rich history and extremely hopeful about the future in our region. That’s why ‘Get Your Red and White ON’ aims to build awareness and community pride about our early contributions to the establishment of our province and our country, while also celebrating the great things happening here today.”

The event takes place at Colchester Park on the Saturday of Explore the Shore (July 29 and 30) and will begin at 11:00 a.m. with children’s activities and a beach volleyball tournament. Event planning is still underway but participants can expect a family-friendly day of musical entertainment and historical commemoration that ends with a spectacular display of fireworks over the lake.

“Get Your Red and White ON” has been made possible thanks to funding from the Province of Ontario. Through the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program, Essex has been awarded $41,260 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Watch for details to be shared in local media, posters and flyers in the future.