The Summerland branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has cancelled its Canada Day celebrations for 2020 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo)

The Summerland branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has cancelled its Canada Day celebrations for 2020 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Legion cancels Canada Day events

Pandemic restrictions led to decision on annual celebration

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22 Summerland has decided to cancel its annual Canada Day picnic and barbecue for 2021.

“Although Provincial Health Orders allow for festivals as of July 1, we feel COVID-19 restrictions are still unpredictable at this time. We are not in a financial position to accept the risk of promoting our Canada Day Picnic which could be cancelled by the authorities on short notice,” said John Dorn, chair of the Legion’s Canada Day event.

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The legion will hold a flea market fundraiser on Saturday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are available for vendors for $20. Text 250-487-8553 to reserve. Hot dogs and a pop will be available.

The legion is accepting donations of items for the sale. Items can be dropped off on June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Large items are not accepted.

The Summerland Legion will reopen June 26 at 2 p.m. It has been closed all year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The kitchen will reopen at a later date, along with events such as meat draws, horse races and rib nights. Pool and darts will be allowed soon as well.

Updates will be posted online at www.summerlandlegion.com and on the Branch’s digital sign.

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