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Great day in the park

By Dave Johnson, Tribune Staff

Chippawa Park was the place to be on the weekend as the 56th annual Rose Festival hosted its annual Days in the Park.

The two-day event saw the annual Rose Festival Baby Show, musical performances, a fireworks display, volleyball tournament, pony rides, vendors of all kinds and inflatables for children to play on.

“Things are a little bit different from what we have done in the past. We have a lot more vendors, crafters and food people,” said festival president Karen Bless.

“We have great sections for the children to play in, and we’ll have music all through the afternoon and into the night.”

Bless said there was a beer garden set up in the park for adults.

“We hope to have a wonderful fireworks show, too,” she said Saturday afternoon, adding it would last nearly half-an-hour.

Days in the Park started off Saturday with a $5 breakfast hosted by Open Arms Mission that ran from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Open Arms was also hosting a breakfast Sunday morning starting at 8 a.m. , followed by a church service at 10 a.m.

Judging from the Rose Bud King and Rose Bud Queen started at 11 a.m. with contestants in various age groups being judged throughout the afternoon. The king and queen were expected to be crowned sometime after 5 p.m. Saturday

Bless said holding the event in Chippawa Park made it easier to centralize things.

“You get that fair feeling when you walk into the park,” she said.

Up next for the festival is the Grande Parade on Sunday, June 25 starting at 1 p.m. The parade will start behind Welland Civic Square, head up Cross Street, turn right on to Division Street before turning left on to King Street and finishing at Welland Arena. Following the parade, everyone is invited to join in the celebration of the 100th year of Welland’s incorporation hosted by the Welland Snowmobile Club and music by Stonewall.