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Clearwater Heritage River Society Readies For First Annual Riverside Celebration

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Clearwater Heritage River Society Readies For First Annual Riverside Celebration

Clearwater River May 2017 // Harvard Broadcasting Reporter Brandon Piper

The Clearwater Heritage River Society is getting ready for a first ever big riverside celebration.

The 1st annual Clearwater River Celebration is celebrating the heritage of the river and its surrounding areas.

Residents are invited to take part in a free BBQ, kids face painting and check out some speed boats on display.

Co-Chair for and Information Officer the Society Cheri Lauritzen tells Mix News they will be unveiling the names of several boat launches and recreation areas.

“We’ve applied and nominated a couple of residents of Fort McMurray and everything was approved by council. Deputy Mayor Al Vinni will be there to unveil the names.”

The celebration will honour some well known residents by naming a pair of boat launches and recreation areas after them.

Lauritzen says the names will ring a bell with residents.

“When people see the name, they’ll recognize the name right away. The other person who passed away quite a number of years ago has quite a history on the river. People who’ve been around for a while will know it and will be quite pleased when they hear it.”

The society has another surprise.

Lauritzen says the company InterPipeline has donated some trees to help conserve the forestry surrounding the river.

“So, we will have some Colorado Blue Spruce, some white spruce and some large trees to give away to the public. We’re looking forward as a society to promote the river a little bit and tell people about what we do to protect that river.”

The celebration will be at the Heritage Shipyard on Labour Day Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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