Annual Lacombe Days events kick off

Organizers excited for this year's line up of festivities

 

Lacombians are gearing up for the annual Lacombe Days which is set to kick off in our community today.

There will be much to see and do for citizens over the next five days as the family-friendly festivities have already gotten underway.

There will be pancake breakfasts aplenty, museum tours, lunch box theatres, a street festival, ball tourney, hot air balloon rides, the much anticipated parade, BBQs, and much, much more.

The parade kicks off the weekend festivities for Lacombe Days and runs on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. There is a new parade route this year which begins at the parade marshalling area, just north of James S. McCormick School, and makes its way to Main Street. Once on Main Street, it winds around the LMC via 51 St., 52 Ave. and 53 St. It then makes its way back to the parade marshalling area via C&E Trail.

A map of the route can be found at www.lacombedays.ca.

Locavore, a new addition to the lineup, is a food festival that will bring local food producers and professional chefs together to create dishes for festival-goers and foodies alike. Locavore provides a format similar to Taste Alberta where professional chefs use locally produced food to create dishes and drinks to be sampled by guests. The term Locavore is a neologism meaning a person who is interested in eating locally produced foods.

Locavore runs on July 23rd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC) and tickets can be purchased at the Mary C. Moore Library, Rangeland Meats, Cilantro & Chive and the Blindman Brewing or at www.lacombedays.ca.

Other festivities include pancake breakfasts and various barbecues every day through to Sunday.

Free tours at the Blacksmith Shop, Flatiron and Michener museums, including a walking tour of the history of Lacombe will also take place and with an emphasis on all-ages and family activities multiple scavenger hunts, crafts, inflatable play areas and an old-fashioned penny carnival will be part of the event as well.

The Lacombe Days Slo-pitch tourney makes its return beginning July 22nd and includes a beer garden (Friday through Saturday). Live entertainment such as Lunch Box Theatre, musical performances, a movie in the park on Friday and a fireworks display Saturday night will also take place.

We encourage Lacombians to get out and take part in the annual Lacombe Day events. Organizers work hard all year long to ensure families have various activities that are entertaining and fun for all ages.

For a list of events, visit www.lacombedays.ca.