An annual Canada Day weekend event has been sunk.
The Great Tug Boat Committee issued a release Sunday afternoon announcing the cancellation of the long running event.
“The Great Tugboat Race Event has been canceled for 2016. Given the economic conditions in the area, a decision was made that it was too much to ask of our sponsors to continue to support our event.” the release stated.
The annual Great Tug Boat parade and races , held during the joint international celebrations of July 1st and July 4th began in 1982 “We have raised thousands of dollars over the years and donating 100% of those funds to challenged children on both sides of the border has been a rewarding effort for all.”
The committee stated that it hopes to resume the event, though did not specify when.
The Great Tugboat races also included a pancake breakfast open to the public set on a floating barge and docked at the Bondar Marina.
“We would like to thank our participants and spectators who have traveled far and wide to participate in this worthwhile cause, the many Masonic members and their families that helped with the pancake breakfasts on the Canadian side and the crew from Material Handling Source for conducting the breakfasts on the American side. A special thank you to Mr. Joe Burton who single-handedly sold hundreds of books each year for the event and as well the many others who took it upon themselves to sell books on behalf of the organization. Thank you to the management and staff of the George Kemp Marina and the management and staff of the Roberta Bondar Marina, the Canadian and American Coast Guards, and the management and staff of both the American and the Canadian locks.”
The annual parade of tugs, usually set the Friday evening during the weekend of the event was seen as a kick off to the Canadian and American birthday celebrations.