It’s time to celebrate!
Blackfalds Days takes place this weekend from June 14 – 16. Town of Blackfalds Community Development Coordinator Sue Penner said that the festival is a great opportunity to show off the town.
“People should come have a look at our town and see how much fun we have here,” she said.
Blackfalds Days is the largest celebration the Town puts on every year, said Penner. She said the event falls close to the incorporation date of Blackfalds, so the event is also celebrating the founding of Blackfalds.
Most of the events for Blackfalds Days take place on June 15 but the weekend kicks off with the Youth Octagon Club’s dance on Friday night.
On Saturday, start the day off right at the pancake breakfast and then head out to watch the parade. Penner said that, weather depending, about 30 floats should take part in the parade which runs from 11 a.m. until noon.
In the afternoon family events begin with the Kidz Zone opening up.
Kidz Zone will include a number of children and family activities including a petting zoo, barbecue and five inflatable play structures for the kids.
Ford will also be at Blackfalds days with its Drive 4 U program.
This Drive 4 U event will be raising funds for the Abbey Master Driver Centre. Participants can raise funds for the facility just by test-driving a Ford vehicle.
Running all day on Saturday will be the ninth annual Blackfalds Oldies Show & Shine.
Penner said that pre-registrations are not taken for the event but organizers are expecting around 100 vintage vehicles to be there. Also running all day is the Blackfalds Days Slo-Pitch tournament.
One of the much anticipated events at this year’s Blackfalds Days is the brand new Walking Dead of Blackfalds.
This event is a massive tag-style game of humans versus zombies, where humans flee for their lives in order to avoid infection by the zombies and becoming one of them.
The game will begin Saturday after the parade and run until 10 p.m. It will resume Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. or until one team has been declared the winner.
Saturday night features a concert at All-Star Park by Tara Lee and her band. Concert goes rain or shine, with the concert being moved to inside the Multi-Plex in the event of rain.
Closing off the night on Saturday will be a fi reworks display beginning at dusk. Should the fi reworks be called off due to inclement weather, they will postponed until Sunday night.
For more information about Blackfalds Days, including times, locations and a map of the parade route, see the brochure at www.Blackfalds.com.