Brownsville celebrates Canada 150 with Family Fun Day

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Brownsville is celebrating Canada's 150th with a Family Fun Day on Sunday. Bring your lawn chairs, free events have been planned in the Brownville Community Park.

At 12 p.m., children are invited to decorate their bikes with the OPP, across from the Canada Post Office, on the south side of the village on Culloden Line.

"We're having as many children from the village as possible come decorate their bikes and have a show," said Brownsville's Wilma VanGurp.

The Family Fun Day Parade begins at 1 p.m., with a route that takes it north past the community park to the main intersection (Brownsville Road and Culloden), looping around the block to come back to the park.

Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m. with an ecumenical church service in the pavilion at 3 p.m. featuring live music from Uturn. Canadian Country Cruisers entertains at 4 p.m.

Through the afternoon there will be an antique car and machinery show set up in the park, including some participants who will be in the parade, as well as a Historical Society display and Tea Room inside the hall and zumba behind the hall.

Children will enjoy the bouncy castles, face painting, the petting zoo and Mad Science.

"The firemen will have something set up for their games," said VanGurp.

Special Canada 150 guests include Sir John A. Macdonald and Mr. Brown, with George Beard playing the role of Brownsville's founder.

"There was a Mr. Brown and I have all the history books here," said VanGurp. "George is going to do a bit of a presentation. He was a Methodist minister - he bought land in Brownsville and started the community."

Twenty-five vendors will also be on site.

Free food and drinks for all at fire hall, adjacent to the community park.

Sunday's Canada 150th Family Fun Day is presented by Brownsville Community Hall Board and Public Library, South-West Oxford Station 1 firefighters, and the Township of South-West Oxford.

"This is the first time Brownsville has done it (Family Fun Day)," said VanGurp.




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