Culture on display in City this weekend

Lacombe's annual Culture and Harvest Festival is set for this weekend.

Lacombe’s annual Culture and Harvest Festival is set for this weekend.

This year there is a lot to see and experience for the entire family. Spanning over three days, events range from an outdoor movie, Music in the Park, agriculture displays, wagon rides and art displays.

“Lacombe Regional Tourism is excited to host the 2015 Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival in celebration of Alberta Culture Days,” said Executive Director of Lacombe Regional Tourism Marie Peron.

“We are grateful for the provincial government’s support of this festival that showcases the arts and celebrates our local heritage. It brings our community together in delivering more than 40 events over three days. We are proud to be a part of Alberta Culture Days to celebrate and express who we are as Albertans with other participating communities.”

The Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival is unique as it salutes the region’s agriculture heritage. Our connection to harvest runs deep and will be showcased in events throughout the weekend like L.A. Vintage Machinery Club’s antique equipment display, an old time threshing demonstration, a 21st Century farming display, wagon rides and a harvest church service on Sunday.

Albertans across the province will also be joining in the celebrations from Sept. 25th to 27th with many planned events that showcase our diverse heritage and community spirit. Over 52 sites were named ‘celebration sites’ by the government this year.

Alberta Culture Days began in 2008, first as Alberta Arts Day, a one-day event showcasing Alberta’s arts and culture community. Over 100 events were held in 30 communities and a flagship celebration was held at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.

Now the celebration has expanded into a three-day province-wide occasion and has also inspired National Culture Days, which is a growing Canadian movement to bring awareness, accessibility and participation of Canadians in arts and culture in their own communities.

Last year, thousands of Albertans discovered and celebrated arts, heritage and diversity with an astounding 1,400 events in 98 communities.

“Our culture makes us who we are and provides a high quality of life for Albertans,” said Minister of Culture and Tourism David Eggen. “We’re proud to help support Alberta’s community event planners and their contribution to the celebration of Alberta’s diverse and vibrant culture.”

Other events as part of Alberta Culture Days in the province also include Nuit Blanche in Red Deer on Sept. 26th, the Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity, Doors Open YYC in Calgary and numerous farmers’ markets.

So let’s salute our cultural heritage and diversity through attending any of these vibrant events.