Dani Ducross, executive director of the County of Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association, was one of the organizers for the 39th annual active living fair. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Lacombe Memorial Centre hosts 39th Active Living Fair

Event has grown from 3 groups to nearly 60 in 20 years

The 39th annual Active Living Fair took over the Lacombe Memorial Centre, with nearly 60 groups in the Lacombe area being able to sign-up, register and interact with community.

“It’s a evening for people to check out activities, programs, events, courses classes and anything else they may want to participate in over the fall and winter months of 2019/2020,” Dani Ducross, executive director of the County of Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association, said.

Ducross said this event has grown leaps and bounds in the 20 years since she moved to Lacombe.

I came in and it was basically three groups. You came in and registered for either skating or karate and that was it. In 20 years, it has evolved to five to 10 groups; then 10 to 20 groups; and now we are up to 40 to 60 tables at our event. It has changed along with the community,” she said.

In that time, groups have continually provided positive feedback and have returned year after year.

“We have fantastic sponsorship from the community for door prizes like Reds Sports, Tangerine Curls, Snap Fitness, the Lacombe Hobby and Gift Shop all donated prizes. Lifelong Learning also gave some door prizes as well,” she said.

Ducross said her group and others she has spoken to sign up more people to their events than through any other platform.

“We get a lot of our classes at Lifelong Learning attended after they come here looking for information. I know a lot of programs do a lot of their registration through here or at least their initial contact with participants,” she said.

The event is also run through the help of volunteers — something that is also needed by many groups attending the fair.

We have volunteers helping with our front desk, getting the tables all set up, going to get stuff during the evening,” she said. “Not only for the event, a lot of the other organizations look for volunteers on this evening.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for volunteers and the Lacombe Scouts are looking for volunteers. A lot of groups are looking for help”

Ducross said they are always looking to grow the Active Living Fair.

“It’s a vibrant and fun evening and we look forward to it every year. If anyone has any interest in participating — they can contact Lifelong Learning. We would love to see it grow even more next year,” she said.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Tough first quarter for Lacombe leads to 34-14 Lightning win

Rams play LTCHS Raiders on the road next week

Lacombe County welcomes local students to Traffic Safety Day

County welcomed more than 600 local students

Conservation work underway for Lacombe’s St. Andrew’s United Church

Masonry work is currently underway on the east and south walls

Lacombe mayor attends fall Mid-Sized Mayors’ Caucus

Caucus highlights fiscal responsibility

Lacombe Canadian Archery champion finishes 10th at worlds

Cameron Herbert has been a competitive archer for 10 years

WATCH: Enhanced Emergency Department opens at Lacombe Hospital

$3.1 million facility jointly funded by AHS, Lacombe Health Trust

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

Expert says acquittal of Alberta parents in boy’s death unlikely to set precedent

The Stephans testified they thought their son had croup and used herbal remedies to treat him

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

All parties expected to be back on the campaign trail Sunday

Possible Canadian cases of vaping illnesses being investigated: health officer

‘I think that will be really important to address the overall trend of youth vaping’

Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote once-secret military base

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Most Read