By Michaela Ludwig
For the Lacombe Express
Lacombe Days is back again and this is a weekend you won’t want to miss.
With so much to see and do, Lacombe Days 2022 certainly has something for everyone. Beginning on Thursday July 14, there will be a Retro Jam Fest by Jo(e) Social Media at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, and this is just for the teens. Youth aged 13 to 18 can come out for a dance, rack band competition and karaoke, and there will also be games and crafts on site. Dress to impress because there will be prizes handed out for the best dressed attendees depicting clothing from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
The Chairs For Charity event can be found throughout town all weekend long. For $5, buy a raffle ticket and try to win one of the custom-painted chairs that will be on display at participating local businesses. Funds raised will go to the Lacombe FCSS Fill A Fridge Program.
You can also take part in the General Appliances scavenger hunt all weekend long. Download the GooseChase app and join the game by entering the code 3MDMKG. You can win prizes from local businesses while you’re running around town.
The fun really starts to ramp up on Friday, July 15, starting with a pancake breakfast, free for all hungry eaters, taking place at the grand opening of the To The Stars Wellness Centre at 201, 3402 Highway 12. The breakfast will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
After breakfast, you can go on a guided walking tour of Lacombe’s historic downtown, starting at the Michener House Museum; stop by the Family Expo at the LMC Centennial Hall, which will also feature the Hula Hoop Circus; drop into the Parkland Regional Library for a tour, dine on a smokie, get your face painted and see a magic show. Sunny 94 will also be hosting a barbeque from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their studio.
Other events during the day include drop-in programming at the local museums; an arts and crafts market by the African Caribbean Heritage Alliance; Skills For Homesteaders at Michener House Museum; dinner and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. by the African Caribbean Heritage Alliance at the Lacombe Memorial Centre; Big Brothers Big Sisters pool party fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Kinsmen Aquatic Centre; and Great Canadian Wrestling to support Lacombe Minor Hockey: Summer Slam at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The fun and excitement continues on Saturday July 16, with the parade starting at 9:30 a.m.; a cornhole tournament will be running all day at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex curling rink; a show and shine at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, along with a book sale and community market; the Lacombe Firehall Junior Firefighters will be putting on games and a barbeque after the parade until 2 p.m. at the Lacombe Fire Department building.
There will be a Lacombe Art Guild live art competition in the Lacombe Memorial Centre courtyard; kids and kids at heart are encouraged to check out the DB Bobcat Kids Corral at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex for inflatables, a petting zoo and face painting. The African Caribbean Heritage Alliance will be putting on a colourful show with steel drums, dancing and fashion; and the fireworks will take place around 11 p.m.
On Sunday, take your pick from two different pancake breakfast events, and then head over to the Central Alberta Draft Horse Pulling Club horse pull at the Lacombe Ag Grounds; there will be a community market at the Lacombe Memorial Centre; a barbeque at Circle K; an old-fashion penny carnival; and a Kozy Korner Music Jam featuring old-time country music and dancing.
There will be plenty of events and happenings for everyone to enjoy during this year’s Lacombe Days so don’t forget to bring your Lacombe pride and your walking shoes.