The Town of Blackfalds is gearing up to celebrate Blackfalds Days with a parade, an array of activities and of course, midway rides.
The events will take place from June 13th to June 15th in various locations throughout the Town.
“Blackfalds Days is about celebrating the vitality of our community. We’re so dynamic here and we want to share how successful and vibrant and fun we are,” said Sue Bornn, family and community support services manager.
The festivities kick off on Friday evening at 4 p.m. when the midway opens its gates until 10 p.m. Events of Friday include an Amazing Race-type themed event, the kick-off of the slo-pitch tournament and a teen dance for Grades 5 and up.
“For the Amazing Race, we have tons of things for families to get through – obstacles and puzzles and games – it looks really fun.”
Saturday kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. pancake breakfast at the Community Hall. There will be a continuation of the slo-pitch tournament, a ‘celebrating success’ parade and a ‘kidz’ zone.
“I have three little children and they like to be a part of the fun stuff. We’re looking forward to the kidz zone. It’s four hours of play for them and they really enjoy it,” said Bornn.
Also available on Saturday will be an ongoing game of ‘Humans vs. Zombies’ from noon to 10 p.m., which pits teens and adults of the community against each other as they take part in a day long battle of the undead. The goal of the game is to have each citizen become a zombie by the end of the night. There are safe zones set up around the Town.
There will be a family movie night featuring Wreck-It Ralph in the field house of the Abbey Centre and a firework display at 11 p.m. For best viewing of the fireworks head to All-Star Park.
For the fireworks show, the Blackfalds Pyro Crew has put together a 12-minute show that is sure to please.
Sunday will see the bulk of the events winding down. There will be a community church service from 9 a.m. till noon, which includes a breakfast at 9 a.m. The carnival midway will be open from noon to 5 p.m.
This year, the carnival midway rides have returned. Bornn said that the Town is very much looking forward to that and that the midway is enjoyed thoroughly and by nearly every visitor.
As well, citizens can head to the new Abbey Centre facility where all admissions will be $2 for the day.
Bornn added Blackfalds Days is important because it allows the people of Blackfalds to celebrate their town. Most people are happy to be among the close rural community, and can express this fact with other residents during the weekend, she said.
Various businesses will also be contributing to Blackfalds Days with special deals on products. There will be $1 ice cream bowls sold in the Civic Cultural Centre parking lot, Servus Credit Union will host a BBQ in their parking lot, and various food bank food drive stations will be set up throughout the weekend.