Culture Days is coming to Alberta this weekend and no one does it better than Lacombe’s Culture and Harvest Festival.
This year, there are over 50 events planned throughout the city over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday and organizer from Lacombe Tourism Angelique Hand said the festival is more diverse than ever.
“You can go out to the Ag grounds; the LMC will have some exhibit openings and indigenous dancers; there will be a wisdom sharing circle; and there will be everything from karaoke to businesses putting on demonstrations,” she said.
A full list of events, which includes Ag tours and brewery tours can be found lacombetourism.com and Hand said the event wouldn’t be possible without the support of sponsors year after year.
“These are the people that coordinate our groups and a lot of them come back year after year because they love the atmosphere so much,” she said.
One huge draw has always been the horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the city and repeat and Hand said repeat exhibits have always brought people in.
It is also inclusive — if someone comes to me tomorrow and says they want to put on something for Culture and Harvest Festival, we are gong to find a way to make it work. There is a huge collaborative effort and it shows the community spirit,” she said.
Hand said they are always looking for people to help with the growing festival.
“We are a committee of three and it is a year-long effort,” she said. “We do it in office here and every free moment we have goes to this. It has grown to a point where it needs to have more people.
“People can come in and sit in on the planning committee, so if anyone is interested in being a part of that — they can pop in anytime and we can welcome them in.”
Hand said they pride themselves on ensuring the festival is accessible.
“Except for a couple events everything is free to attend,” she said. “For us it is inclusive and there are no barriers to attending it, which is really nice. It is great for families and it is a really fun weekend with a great atmosphere. It is very vibrant.”
She added, “The Ag pavilion is probably the furthest thing away, which is only a five minute drive — so everything is really central.”