Wallaceburg Wins Kraft Celebration Tour Bid
In what TSN described as a nailbiter pouring in more than 1 million votes, Wallaceburg defeated Trenton to capture a spot on the Kraft Celebration Tour. Wallaceburg will receive $25,000 for a community improvement and will welcome a live TSN broadcast August 20th at 6pm.
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard our name called,” said Wallaceburg Minor Lacrosse Vice President Mike Perysn. “It was such as amazing moment.”
Wallaceburg will welcome Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness, TSN anchors, for the live broadcast August 20. Details of the event will be forthcoming following the conclusion of the remainder of Kraft’s 10 day voting event choosing the destinations for their 10 in 10 cross country tour.
The proposed community upgrade aims to renovate a former tennis court behind Wallaceburg District Secondary School into a new multi-purpose sporting facility, with a focus on it being used by Wallaceburg Lacrosse as an outdoor practice facility.
“I want to thank everyone who voted,” said WMLA president Todd Shepley. “We pulled together, some people voting, 20 hours or more, and this is the best outcome imaginable for our organization and for Wallaceburg.”
An impromptu celebration took place at the Oaks Inn in Wallaceburg following the announcement where dozens of media, Wallaceburg Lacrosse, Chatham-Kent residents, and others gathered to celebrate the town achievement.
There were stories and reports of families keeping kids home from school in Europe to vote for Wallaceburg, family members in Australia, Alaska, California, and British Columbia voting through the night while others slept. Wallaceburg planners will be spreading the word in the coming weeks for details surrounding the August 20th celebrations in Wallaceburg.