Three Hills inviting all to centennial

Three Hills is throwing open its doors to visitors and former residents this year at festivities to mark the town’s 100th anniversary.

Three Hills is throwing open its doors to visitors and former residents this year at festivities to mark the town’s 100th anniversary.

Mayor Tim Shearlaw and the Centennial Committee have spent more than a year organizing numerous events that will be held throughout 2012 to highlight the town’s big birthday.

“We want people to come home to Three Hills and bring their friends with them to mark this anniversary,” said Shearlaw. “The more the merrier.”

Dinners, dances, festivals, concerts, bonspiels, a book launch, golf tournaments and fireworks are planned.

But the focal celebration will take place on July 20 to 22. A 100-float parade will be featured that weekend, as well as a community supper, the official opening of a Habitat for Humanity home, and entertainment from the band Trooper, the Emeralds, and local Christian singer/songwriter Ben Crane at various venues.

Many events during the centennial weekend are free, although registration and advance payment is needed for the Saturday night prairie supper and some of the concerts.

For more information about the centennial weekend, and the other 100 events planned throughout the year in Three Hills, visit the town’s website, www.threehills.ca.

Shearlaw hopes people who have never visited the town will take the opportunity to attend some of the events, or drop by to see regular attractions, such as the Guzoo, Kneehill County Museum, the local golf course, campgrounds and restaurants.

“Visit us anytime and we’re sure you’ll come back.”