Canada Day at the Riverbank Discovery Centre is getting a $13,000 contribution from the government’s Celebrate Canada program.
Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire made the announcement Friday morning at the centre. The money will help to cover costs for the opening ceremonies, activities and fireworks.
"We are excited to be able to help out with the Canada Day celebrations," Maguire said. "This will be an opportunity to come together with friends, family and the community at large."
The budget for the Riverbank celebrations is about $32,000, according to manager Lois MacDonald.
A living flag, reaffirmation ceremony and the world’s largest poutine will be three new additions to the Canada Day celebrations at the Riverbank Discovery Centre.
"We will be making a living Canada flag," MacDonald said. "It is a great opportunity to stand side by side and celebrate Canada together."
Anyone can take part by getting a red or white T-shirt from the centre and filling in the grid. It will finish with the flag participants singing "O Canada."
MacDonald is also excited to be partnering with Joe Beeverz Bar & Grill, which will be working on Canada Day to set a Guinness world record for the largest amount of poutine ever served — more than 1,600 pounds.
The poutine, which MacDonald said will need 50 cases of french fries, will be free. However, donations will be accepted for the Westman Cerebral Palsy Association and the Riverbank Discovery Centre.