Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:00

Bellecrest Days organizers have added extra fun

Written by  Demi Knight
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Toddler bouncy house being enjoyed to the fullest by the youth of Bellecrest Days. Toddler bouncy house being enjoyed to the fullest by the youth of Bellecrest Days. Photo courtesy Bellecrest Community Association

For the 39th year in a row, the annual Bellecrest Days are returning this June to the Crowsnest Pass, however, this year with some added fun.
The usual three-day event is expanding to include a fourth day within its festivities.

With the continued support and large crowd these fun-packed days tend to draw, the communities of Bellevue and Hillcrest have gathered to add an extra day to the fun.
Krissy Ames, one of the organizers   of Bellecrest Days, says the event is growing with every year.
“We are evolving every year and more and more people are wanting to be a part of it so we’ve really tried to grow and change a few things in the last few years. We’ve expanded the vendor market and started on Thursday instead of Friday this year,” she says.
Amidst all the retuning family fun such as bouncy houses, concerts, a slow-pitch tournament and the parade, a list of new events helps keep the festivities fresh.
“We have gold panning, a new mini art gallery and antique photo studio,  as well two stages this year which will have dance performances as well as karate demonstrations. We have tried to make more family-focused events for everyone to enjoy,” says Ames of the current lineup.
 The Bellecrest Days are hosted in the Crowsnest Pass on the weekend in June that best coincides with the anniversary of the Hillcrest Mines Disaster which took place June 19, 1914. The now four-day long festivities are held to not only offer family fun   for all ages, but also to show off the heritage of the communities involved.
With free community events offered, locals and travellers alike come to check out the platform of different events.
“This event is so good for the community. It’s so nice to give families such a positive way to start off their summer, and to show what the Pass has to offer for those who aren’t local and haven’t seen much of our communities,” says Ames of why the Bellecrest Days tend to draw such a large crowd.
Though some changes have been made, fan favourites will be returning this year, including the Human Foosball table, the Carnival and Artisan Market, and Pure Power wrestling.
Ames says although this event brings in people from all over Alberta, it’s been nice to see more local vendors stepping up to be a part of the action.
“We have an excellent turnout of local vendors. We want to have a lot of local vendors and artists so that they can showcase their talents and show what our communities have to offer, but we do also get vendors coming from all over, some from Pincher Creek and Fernie. Any vendor that wants to be a part of Bellecrest Days can be.”
 This year the annual Bellecrest Days celebrations are set to the theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary. With decorations littering the communities that support Canada’s history, as well as Canada-themed floats for the parade and Canadian-themed prizes to be won.
“It’s a big year, this year for Canada, so we of course wanted to tie that in to the celebrations,” says Ames.
 The annual Bellecrest celebrations will take place June 16-18 kicking off the festivities with a family dance and home concert at the Bellevue Legion.
 “It really is a lot of fun, It’s recognized as a positive event in the community and it’s so child friendly that it’s nice to give parents something that can give their kids several days of fun without spending all this money.”

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