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Canada Day When, in 1969, the Red Deer International Folk Festival first formed, they also fulfilled their dream of producing a multicultural event in celebration of Canada's 'birthday'. Since July 1st, 1969, Canada Day has continued to be a great success and a major attraction within the community. When the Society changed its name in 1996, they continued to host Canada Day. This event is produced by the volunteers of the Cultural Heritage Society and has been hosted at Bower Ponds since 1980.

Each year the event attracts a wide range of performers, ethnic foods, story telling, face painting for the thousands of spectators to enjoy. Perhaps the most anticipated event is the splendid fireworks display at the close of the day. Involving more than 2500 volunteer hours from the varying community groups that are also involved, the festivities usually attract well over 20,000 people.

Over the years, performers as illustrious as Barrage, Justin Blais, Blue Rodeo, K.D. Lang, David Thiaw, St. James Gate, the Polissyanka dancers, and many more celebrated and internationally re-knowned groups have entertained the many spectators from far and wide who have come to celebrate Canada's birthday.

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