The Our Canadian Heritage Festival hereby announces the rules for the competitions to take place in Vankleek Hill on Sunday, May 21: A hat is anything worn on one’s head. A butter tart must be gooey in the middle, look delicious, and taste good.

Contestants present their entries in the Creative Hats Competition by wearing their hats on the centre stage on Main Street and Home Avenue. Registration is no later than 10:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Students from Catholic Elementary School Saint-Gregoire will be preparing their hats the week prior to the event.  Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre will host a hat-making workshop led by Tina Trineer on Saturday, May 13 at Arbor Gallery, 36 Home Avenue, Vankleek Hill. Everyone and anyone may enter the hat contest. Winners will be announced throughout the day. Hat wearers may also want to participate in the Children’s Parade at 10:45 a.m., leaving from the parking lot of the Anglican Church Hall. Signs will be posted throughout town to confirm the schedule of events and locations.

Bakers wishing to enter the Butter Tart Competition may deliver three sample tarts to the Butter Tart Booth next to the Excellent Events Information Booth near the stage on Main Street before noon. Contestants may offer tarts for sale, also at the Butter Tart Booth. The two categories are professional butter tart producers and homemade butter tart entries by individuals. Tarts will be judged on appearance, taste and texture. Renowned judges will announce the winners on stage at 1 p.m. Prizes include bragging rights.

Event organizers would like to encourage volunteers to help with various tasks throughout the day. Positions available include: Butter Tart Supervision (tasting not included), Stitching Advisor at the Canadian Flag Quilt Project, Bean Distributor at the Horticultural Society Booth, Messengers and Carriers. For more information, please phone Samme Putzel at 613-678-2873 or Suzanne Hocquard 613-677-4722.