Debec Days to celebrate past, present and future

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Debec Days will look back and forward this weekend, Sept. 9 to 12, as the community's recreation council celebrates its past half century and prepares for an exciting and expanded future.

Debec Recreation Council president Donna Carson said plans are in place for the 50th anniversary Debec Days celebration.

She said the event would also highlight the extensive Debec Community Park upgrades planned over the next three years.

With funding support from the provincial and federal governments, the council has already started the community park upgrades. Construction crews recently moved the rink building onto a newly installed foundation further back in the park. The building's expansion and improvements will continue this fall.

Carson said the community rink would move and undergo significant improvements, becoming a modular facility with a concrete base suitable for use as a rink in winter and other sports, including tennis and pickleball, in the summer.

Next spring, the council will begin constructing the playground with new equipment.

New gaming options will include cornhole equipment to introduce the popular lawn game to the community — a cornhole competition from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, will be part of Saturday afternoon activities.

Carson said the council hopes to promote the game over the next few years, allowing it to host tournaments.

The 2022 Debec Days celebration kicks off Friday evening, Sept. 9, with a youth dance and WI Bingo.

Saturday's events begin with breakfast at Trinity Church, followed by a parade at 11 a.m.

Saturday afternoon will be busy with a market, a barbecue and children's activities at the park.

Carson said the children's activities would take on a retro feel, with such traditional games as sack and three-legged races.

The Saturday schedule includes paintball, face painting and a youth talent show.

In another homage to the past, Debec Days will host cooking competitions featuring chilli and cornbread and pies.

Saturday evening activities will include a beer garden with music.

Sunday's long list of activities offers a history lesson in which some founding members share details of the council's 50-year history.

Sunday also offers a senior Zoomer exercise demonstration, a country music show, a corn boil and fireworks to close out the busy weekend celebration.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun