Busy Lacombe Days kicking off Thursday

The Lacombe Days schedule is jam-packed with activities.

The Lacombe Days schedule is jam-packed with activities.

Starting on Thursday with an outdoor street party on 50th Street and rolling into the weekend with a parade, fireworks, pancake breakfasts and the Lacombe half marathon to burn off the sugar, City of Lacombe Councillor Peter Bouwsema says the event is “really popular.”

“The beauty is people can go to both (Lacombe Days and Westerner Days in Red Deer) and they can pick the best of what they want,” Bouwsema said.

The Lacombe parade, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, starts on 54th Avenue and travels around the Lacombe Centre Mall to 52nd Avenue. It will then turn of to 50th Street and down to 50th Avenue and finish off on 56th Avenue.

Bouwsema says they estimate between 12,000 and 15,000 people to turn out for the parade.

New this year is a jumping-jack carnival that consists of 10 inflatable play centres for children aged three to 13. It will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lacombe Centre Mall on Hwy 2A and 52nd Street.

“It is going to be a lot of fun and it is totally new for us,” Bouwsema said.

l On Thursday, there will be an outdoor street party, youth street festival and a drive-in movie.

l On Friday, there will be a pancake breakfast, farmers market, kiddies carnival, Michener House and Flatiron Museum tours, guided walking tours, a chili challenge, rose and lily show and fireworks.

l On Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast, parade, show and shine, art collection and trex exhibition, art in the park, quilt show, home-based business trade fair, library book sale, chili cookoff, Michener House and Flatiron Museum tours, blacksmith shop and museum tours, rose and lily show, Medieval Society open house, La Vintage Machinery Club open house, hot diggity dogs and a jumping-jack carnival.

l On Sunday, there will be the Lacombe half marathon, pancake breakfast, church service, Michener House and Flatiron Museum tours, guided walking tours, an old-fashioned penny carnival, La Vintage Machinery Club open house and a light horse show.

Visit www.lacombedays.ca for detailed information regarding the times and locations of these events.

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