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Puppets, dog tricks, art and fireworks headline Okotoks' Canada Day

A canine performance team, Indigenous puppeteer and a youth choir are set to entertain at this year's July 1 celebration.
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Fireworks conclude the Okotoks Dawgs Canada Day game at Seaman Stadium in 2019. (Photo by Brent Calver/Western Wheel)

Okotoks has released details on its Canada Day celebrations. 

This Friday, ball diamond #10 at the Wylie Athletic Park will be filled with entertainment from three different acts rotating through the day, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Set to perform are The Bark Side, a canine performance team which features racing, jumping, skipping rope and catching discs, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock puppeteer DerRic Starlight and the Youth Singers of Calgary

Each act will perform twice throughout the day, with the choir singing the national anthem at 2 p.m. Pre-packaged cookies will also be distributed at this time, alongside a greeting from Mayor Tanya Thorn. 

Fireworks are set to take off at 10:45 p.m. from Bill Robertson Park at 1400 North Railway St. 

Also on July 1st, the Town is launching its Free Art Wall, located under the Northridge Drive Bridge, in collaboration with the Okotoks Art Council (OAC).

The "community canvas" will begin as concrete panels which have been painted white. 

OAC president Russell Thomas said the group will be providing paint, brushes and supplies to get the creativity flowing on Friday. 

“The free art wall will give people, young and old, a place in the public realm to share their creativity,” he said. 

According to the Town, people will be invited to share their creativity on an ongoing basis. 

The wall is designed to provide a creative opportunity for those who enjoy spending time near the river in the warm months. 

The Okotoks Dawgs will also hit the field for their annual Canada Day game against the Edmonton Prospects. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. 

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