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Town of Gander prepares for Kraft Celebration Tour

As the Kraft Celebration Tour nears Gander, excitement is building for the community celebration day.


OPEN ARMS – Sarah McBreairty, chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Committee, is encouraging everyone in the community to come out to Cobb’s Pond on Aug. 23 for some free fun and food at the Kraft Celebration Tour event.


It was announced earlier this summer that the Gander Community Tennis Association is a finalist in the Kraft Celebration Tour contest which guarantees the group at least $25,000 towards upgrades to its current facility. Online voting was opened and the top-place finalist will receive $100,000. The tour is in partnership with TSN, and the community celebration day will be broadcasted live from Cobb’s Pond on Saturday. The event promises to be a fun and delicious day filled with free games and food for the whole community to enjoy.

“We are really excited because this will be the first time where we’ll see the layout of the park and what we can and cannot put down there, also, how it works with people and the parking lot,” said Sarah McBreairty, chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Committee. “There’s a lot of free stuff and giveaways that people will really like. We’re excited to see people getting excited for the barbeque down there, the games and the giveaways.”

The tour will have a big impact on the community, said McBreairty, and the Town is grateful for the efforts of GCTA.

“It’s beneficial for everyone, and we would not have been able to do this thing if it wasn’t for the tennis association. Hopefully a successful win will come out of this. If we win the $100,000, then we can potentially look at putting in those indoor tennis courts in the very near future, which is a huge deal.”

The event also provides an opportunity to direct some attention to the recent development efforts at Cobb’s Pond.

“One of the reasons we’re having it Cobb’s Pond is to show people what we offer down there, our new park and the new setup,” said McBreairty. “If people happen to be driving through Gander then they might take a turn to come down to Cobb’s Pond to check out what we’ve got. The celebration day will bring a lot of attention to the town, a lot of positive attention at that.”

Hosting the Kraft Celebration Tour also provides a few economic benefits for Gander, said McBreairty.

“There’s always an economic spin-off when you can get people in to town rather than just driving through. Eventually it (Cobb’s Pond) could become a destination place if we have enough activities down there. There are definitely economical benefits for businesses around town and everybody really.”

The celebration day is geared towards family fun and there’s something to do for all ages.

“A lot of it is for the kids but there are things for all ages,” said McBreairty. “There’s going to be a free-throw down there along with lassoing an inflatable bottle of barbecue sauce. There are also canoe races and the volleyball games that the Town is putting together. We are providing the canoes so anyone interested can contact the recreation department about that. There’s going to be a positive vibe and a lot of energy down there.”

Along with inflatables and games, there’s also going to be free food provided through a Kraft barbeque, a nacho station and many more delicious treats. The GCTA will be providing additional activities along with Aerials Gymnastics and the whole community is encouraged to get out to enjoy the fun.

The Kraft Celebration Tour will be taking place at Cobb’s Pond on Aug. 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The live broadcast will be on TSN Sportsdesk 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The winner of the Kraft Celebration Tour contest will be announced on Aug. 25.


Organizations: Gander Community Tennis Association, Parks and Recreation Committee

Geographic location: Gander

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