Third annual Lacombe Arts and Culture Festival a success

It was a cold and somewhat wet weekend, but organizers are calling the third annual Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival

ANCIENT TRADITION – Janet Yoneda demonstrates a formal Japanese Tea Ceremony on Sunday at the Lacombe Memorial Centre during the Lacombe Cultural Festival.

ANCIENT TRADITION – Janet Yoneda demonstrates a formal Japanese Tea Ceremony on Sunday at the Lacombe Memorial Centre during the Lacombe Cultural Festival.

It was a cold and somewhat wet weekend, but organizers are calling the third annual Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival a success nonetheless.

Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival organizer Ellen Corea said turnout for the event was actually quite good.

“It was great, we were really pleased,” said Corea. “We had some great numbers actually.”

In particular, Corea said that the wagon rides and Children’s County Fair had high turnouts with the rides being full throughout the day and over 1,000 people going to the Children’s County Fair.

So You Think You’re a Cowboy, a new event that kicked off the festival Friday evening, was also very well received by the community.

Corea said that she was a bit worried when she woke up to stormy weather Friday morning, but things improved as the day progressed and while the weather was quite cool at times those who attended the Culture and Harvest Festival events did not seem to mind.

Even the concert and fireworks on the cold Saturday night still saw between 300 and 400 people attending. Corea added that the Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival heralding colder weather has been the trend for the past few years now.

“It was cool out at the concert,” said Corea. “For the last couple years, it’s sort of like that’s our move into fall.”

Corea said that a few events, one drawing course and a fermenting class were cancelled due to low registration numbers, but those events that did run were well attended.

“We weren’t unhappy with that.”

See more photos in this week’s paper.

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