Bashaw’s wonderful librarian Cindy Hunter shows that the Cat in the Hat and her helper show off some of the antics that the Razzle Dazzle Day parade brings. File photo

Bashaw’s Razzle Dazzle Day plans under construction

Annual Chamber sponsored community celebration set for June 8

It’s the summer time event everyone in and around Bashaw looks forward to.

And now there is a firm date for the 2019 Razzle Dazzle Day — June 8.

The decision to formally adopt the day came from the Bashaw and District Chamber of Commerce during a meeting on April 10.

President Dustin Hemingson stated planning has already started to come together for the event.

“The fire department will once again host the pancake breakfast that morning and likely will continue with the car wash that was started last year,” he said.

“The parade will run the same route as last year and start, as usual, at 11 a.m.”

In addition, the Shriners club will be bringing it’s classic fire engine alongside their normal parade entourage while other activities and events are in the initial stages of being organized.

The Friends of the Majestic Theatre will hold their annual show and shine on main street following the parade. The group has also put forward the suggestion of holding a dance that evening, though that remains an idea with several issues remaining to be dealt with.

Hemingson noted that the whole idea is to get as many additional events as possible for that day to turn it into a celebration the entire community can participate in.

Therefore, any group that wants to or is hosting an event that day is encouraged to contact the Chamber — or a member of the executive — and let them know, in order for it to be recognized on the posters and advertising materials. The Chamber can be reached by visiting www.enjoybashaw.com.

Fireworks?

Following the success last year, the plan is to once again move forward with another fireworks show on Razzle Dazzle Day 2019.

However, an issue has flown in front of the Chamber as a letter for the town is suggesting the fireworks be moved to a different location as complaints have been received that the show last year disturbed the geese in the pond area.

Hemingson and other members of the executive don’t believe it is as big an issue, but are looking into potential options including the Bashaw Ag Grounds. However, he noted the options suggested by the town are not feasible as they are not in town and make the event inaccessible to many people.

Other business

Membership renewals are continuing to be processed with close to 30 members having paid up for 2019 and more still to come. Hemingson said it’s important for businesses to ensure their membership is current as it affords them various privileges and offerss on items such as insurance and other useful programs through the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce.

The Chamber’s Facebook page and website are creating some significant traffic, with acting secretary Peter Graham stating the website is averaging 200 hits per week while the social media platform has surpassed 100 likes that will allow the Chamber do more with Facebook.

An update on the financial picture will come soon, as the change over to a new treasurer and getting things organized is taking longer than first thought.

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