Welland Rose Festival events 2018

2017 Rose Queen Meaghan Salmon, Miss Congeniality Holly Harrison and 2nd Princess Shy-ann Knopff are looking forward to June for this year’s Welland Rose Festival.

June is fast approaching and so is the 57th Annual Welland Rose Festival. The festival is a month long event that runs the entire month of June every year.

Starting off with the Coronation Ball on Saturday, June 2/2018 at the Croation Hall, where seven young ladies will be competing for the title of Rose Queen, First Princess, Second Princess and Miss Congeniality. These four ladies will be members of the royal court and have the opportunity to be youth ambassadors for the Rose Festival and the City of Welland for the upcoming year.

Meaghan Salmon, 2017 Rose Queen said “Don’t be nervous the more nervous you are the more you get in your head.”

“The night of coronation is such a wonderful and joyous time and I really want them all to enjoy it, no matter what the outcome is because they are all wonderful young women and I wish them all the very very best,” she said. “I have always wanted to see the Festival partner with the Mayor youth advisory council and be able to make that a really strong connection, because that allows the people who are in the festival to make a good connection with those youth voices and to make that youth voice much stronger and more available to a larger community.”

When asked what advice do you have for other young ladies wanting to run, Salmon responded, “Do it, have no fear. A lot of people have the conception that this is just a beauty pageant and it is definitely more than that! You do get to become a youth advocate, you get to make your voice heard, you get to meet people that allow you to open new connections and put forward your opinion on things thats really, really, influential and the whole process even no matter what the outcome is the process of meeting these people and creating these friendships with these girls is really totally rewarding.”

From June 3rd to 8th is the Art Exhibition at the Seaway Mall, which hosts more than 50 Niagara Regional Artists with more than 150 works of art in this week long show. The event will take place at centre court of Seaway Mall. The People’s Choice Award will be presented on Friday evening at 6pm to the three artists who receive the most votes from the visiting public. All mediums of art are welcome, including photography and sculpture. Artists may enter up to five pieces of work, along with an entrance fee of  $15 per piece.

Days in the Park will be held at Chippawa Park  June 16th and 17th and encompasses the entire park. A colourful event with lots to do, see, participate in, as well as eat and drink. Open Arms Mission will be providing  a nourishing, reasonably priced breakfast both days starting at 8 a.m. Kids will enjoy pony rides, bouncy castles and the ever popular baby show! On Saturday Country 98 presents the talents of Heather Glabb, Cory Cruise, Brad Battle, Nolan Jodes, Mike Lynch and the Chelsea Crites Band. Saturday night will be topped off with one of Niagara’s biggest and brightest fireworks display.

The Rose Bud King and Queen contestants range in age from 4 to 24 months and must be citizens of Welland. Entry fee is $10 and the application is available at www.wellandrosefestival.on.ca

Sunday, Rosedale Baptist Church will host a 10 a.m. Sunday worship service. Music for the day is presented by Giant FM featuring Ron Whitman and The Mandevilles.

Also on Sunday at the International Flatwater Centre is the Children’s Fishing Derby. There is a large array of prizes to be won. Worms will be provided for each child participating. Registration starts at 7a.m. and Fishing kicks off at 8 a.m. The derby is open to children 15 years and younger in three age categories.

Roses will be abound and fragrant at Wesley United Church on Wednesday, June 20 for the Welland Horticulture Society Rose Show. It is open to all amateur gardeners in the Niagara Region. Registration Fee for non-members is $10. Doors will open be open for entry placement from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Viewing of the Competition Entries will be open to the public from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. we will have an open question and answer period. At 8:30 p.m. we will be announcing the Special Award winners.

The street dance will be held on Saturday, June 23 on Court Street, next to City Hall from 6 – 11 p.m. and featuring the Sunset Rebels and the Associates. Bring the whole family out for a night of fun.

New this year the Grande Parade will be back on Niagara Street. The parade will start from the Welland Baseball Sports Complex on Quaker Road at 1 p.m. and proceed in the northbound lane to Thorold Road. The best viewing will be on the Seaway Mall side for the majority of the route.

One more event in the plans is the Cardboard Boat Races and picnic! Build your boat and race to the finish. This will take place at the International Flatwater Centre with a date to be determined.

Mayor Frank Champion said, “It will be a great family event and we’re really looking forward for it to happen. I am really excited about this, for a couple of reasons I am really interested in participating in the event because it is something that brings us on the canal for a completely different purpose. It is something that we don’t do everyday. You have to build your boat out of cardboard and make it float and secondly you have to be able to float in it it has to be a pretty sturdy structure. It is going to be a really fun event and it doesn’t matter whether you sink or float or make it to the finish line, it is about participating and it should be a real blast.”



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