Quidditch in action

ParticipACTION crew comes to Red Deer this month

Central Albertans can visit the booth at the Mane Event expo, April 21-23 at Westerner

Learn more about the sport of quidditch and other ways of keeping active when the ParticipACTION crew comes to Red Deer this month.

In honour of this country’s 150th birthday, Canadians are being challenged to try out as many physical activities from the “ParticipACTION 150 Play List” as possible.

The national crew will be setting up a booth at the Mane Event equine expo, April 21-23 at Westerner Park. Central Albertans are invited to “stop by to knock a few off (activities) your own list, or try a unique featured activity.”

Local residents can register for the 150 Play List ( at www.participACTION.com/150), learn more about the activities on it at the booth, and then share photos of the experience on social media using the hashtag #150playlist.

One of the listed activities is quidditch, a Muggle game that evolved from J.K. Rowling’s magic sport, and is growing in global popularity. It’s played with the same rules as described in the Harry Potter books, only on the ground, with a pole instead of a broom between participants’ legs. The local quidditch team is the Central Alberta Centaurs (www.centralabertaquidditch.com).

The Mane Event is the largest equine expo in Canada, attracting horse enthusiasts from North America. The objective is to encourage horse riders and owners to expand their knowledge and try new disciplines. The expo offers clinics, demos and presentations on reining, jumping, dressage, driving, horsemanship, and barrel-racing, as well as a colt starting competition.

For more information, please visit red-deer.maneeventexpo.com.

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