COMMUNITY RIDE - Horse-drawn wagon rides were one of the many activities to check out during this past weekend’s Lacombe Culture & Harvest Festival.                                Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

COMMUNITY RIDE - Horse-drawn wagon rides were one of the many activities to check out during this past weekend’s Lacombe Culture & Harvest Festival. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

Culture & Harvest Festival marks a successful run

Despite some cooler temperatures, plenty to see and do locally this past weekend

It may not have been the warmest Autumn weekend, but the annual Lacombe Culture & Harvest Festival, held this past weekend, still provided local residents with plenty to see and do.

“It’s been good – it’s been really good and steady,” said Angel Hand, marketing and event coordinator for Lacombe Regional Tourism during a chat at the Ag Grounds.

“Lots of people, great comments, and lots of fun,” she added.

“There have been people all around – whether it was downtown or here at the Ag Grounds,” she added. “It was just a really nice atmosphere.”

The annual event is hosted by Lacombe Regional Tourism and also ran in celebration of Alberta Culture Days Sept. 29th to Oct. 1st as well.

The jam-packed festival celebrates the agricultural heritage and arts and culture of the Lacombe region.

Another highlight this year was a run of screenings from the Central Alberta Film Festival at the Lacombe Memorial Centre as well. Originally held in Red Deer earlier this year, it added an international flair to the event, too.

Other highlights included free family-friendly activities, exhibits, demonstrations, wagon rides, markets, petting zoos, live music, local food and drink.

Also, the Bill Nielsen Trail Run was held Sept. 30th.

There were also the hugely popular horse-drawn wagon rides throughout the historic downtown as well, along with musical performances, children’s activities and wrapping up events on Saturday was a Lacombe Cenotaph Historical Designation Ceremony.

Hand pointed out that thanks to the solid support given the event, almost everything was free to check out as well.

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