Blackfalds Days are on the way

Preparations for Blackfalds Days are well underway. The Town-wide celebration is set for June 12th to 15th.

Preparations for Blackfalds Days are well underway. The Town-wide celebration is set for June 12th to 15th.

New events this year include a mud challenge for teens, a family street dance and a party in the park among many returning favourities.

“We are really excited,” said Blackfalds FCSS Manager Sue Bornn. “We have many different groups involved, a number of new things and new partnerships.

“We have a new location as well,” she said, noting numerous events will be held at the Abbey Centre, which boasts lots of room. The festivities will kick off on June 12th with the Wildrose Amusement Carnival Midway opening at 4 p.m. at All-Star Park.

“We are looking forward to having an active midway,” said Bornn. The midway will be open on Saturday and Sunday as well.

The Amazing Race also returns with a new spin directed towards families.

“It features fitness activities crossed with trivia,” explained Bornn. “It’s really good family fun.”

Friday night also marks the kick-off of the Blackfalds Days Slo-pitch tournament held at All-Star Park. The tournament is ongoing throughout the weekend and wraps up on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday morning starts out with the annual Town councillors’ pancake breakfast held at the Abbey Centre. “All donations support the Programs, Admissions and Sport Subsidy (PASS) program,” said Bornn.

At 11 a.m., the parade will be rolling through the downtown core. It will feature numerous community-spirited floats.

The Cheemo Club will serving ice cream and strawberries at the Civic Centre after the parade and ATCO will be hosting a free community barbecue at the multi-plex. The family hit, Kidz Zone, will also open following the parade.

The Blackfalds Farmers’ Market will be joining the celebration with an outdoor market from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the multi-plex parking lot.

A minor ball fundraiser, featuring a dunk tank and cotton candy, will be held outside the multi-plex from noon to 4 p.m. Jam-A-Van, the food bank drive to feed those in need, will also be returning and setting up in the Family Foods Parking lot on Saturday and Sunday.

The Mud Challenge, an obstacle course built for teens, will start at 1:30 p.m. at the new skate park location next to All-Star Park.

Later in the evening, the Family Street Dance will be held along Broadway Ave. from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The 10th anniversary Blackfalds firework show will be starting around 11 p.m. The show will be transmitted on 87.9 FM and is best viewed from All-Star Park.

“It’s just getting bigger and better each year,” noted Bornn about the Blackfalds Pyro Crew’s fantastic display.

On Sunday, a community church service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Abbey Centre Amphitheatre. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Abbey Centre will also have toonie admission.

At noon, the Party in the Park, held in Centennial Park, will start and features a barbecue lunch and family-based entertainment.

“There is quite a few new things going on,” said Bornn.

She added that due to the growth of the Town, Blackfalds Days can be seen as an opportunity for those in the community to meet their neighbours. “It’s going to be a great community engagement activity,” she said. “Come out and say hello. Get to know your neighbours.”

If you want to enter a float in the parade, there is still time to register. Businesses and residents can enter into the parade as there is the capacity for up to 40 floats.

To register a float, contact Blackfalds FCSS at 403-885-6247. For a full schedule visit www.blackfalds.com/community/events/blackfalds-days.

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