A full weekend of family and community events — including a parade, barbecues, dancing, a show and shine and much more — are included in the 2017 version of Blackfalds Days.
Activities kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. with the weekend minor ball tournament for children ages 10 to 16, the Youth Night Out for Grades 4 to 12, and the grand opening of the Optimist Club All Wheels Park where there will be a $5 per person barbecue and pro skateboard and scooter demonstrations. At 6 p.m. across the street at the Abbey Centre the Amazing Race Family Edition will take place. Families can register online at bit.ly/AbbeyRegister.
Then on Saturday, the town councillors’ pancake breakfast takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Abbey Centre, where donations to Iron Ridge Elementary Playground Revitalization project will be accepted. The Blackfalds Days parade goes from 11 a.m. to noon., with the theme being Celebrate Canada 150.
During the day there will be barbecues, family fun at the Multi-Plex, the Oldies Show and Shine, the Community Market, and Jam-A-Van for the food bank. Blackfalds families are encouraged to stop by the Ag Room photo booth to get a family photo and be part of the Canada 150 collage that will become a permanent display a the Abbey Centre later in the year.
In the evening, the Family Street Dance featuring the Dylan Gillet Band with a barbecue by donation served up by the Blackfalds Fire Department. The day ends with a fireworks show by the Blackfalds Pyrocrew.
A community church service starts off Sunday’s activities at the Blackfalds Ag Society amphitheatre. From noon to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park there will be a fundraiser barbecue for Blackfalds Block Parents and entertainment for the kids, including activities like face-painting and balloon twisting.
The Abbey Centre will have toonie admission, with free admission for ages three and under and Abbey members. The Taste of Blackfalds International food festival is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Community Hall. The minor ball tournament continues as well until 5 p.m.