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Friday, 04 August 2017 07:00

Claresholm and District Fair Days celebrate the summer

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A Sons of Norway float ready to march in the annual parade at the Claresholm and District Fair Days. A Sons of Norway float ready to march in the annual parade at the Claresholm and District Fair Days. Photo courtesy Town of Claresholm

The town of Claresholm is ready to rejoice as this year’s Fair Days return, bigger and better than ever. With a theme this year that helps celebrate Canada’s grand 150th anniversary, the town is getting ready to enjoy this year’s fair in style Aug. 10-13.


Lauren Billey, events co-ordinator, says since she’s been a part of the community she’s noticed these Fair Days are a town favourite each year, and a great way to showcase the community’s spirit and pride.
“I moved to Claresholm four years ago and I wanted to be really involved in the community, and I want to raise my family in this great community. Everybody here in Claresholm is pretty proud of where we live, where we come from and how we make a living and these fair days are a great way to celebrate that and the community,” says Billey.
The Claresholm and District Fair Days which have been a staple to the community for decades, is making sure to offer even more events for the public to enjoy year after year.
With this year’s Canada 150 theme in mind, organizers decided to hold off on the annual Canada Day firework display and instead incorporate them into the Fair Days to better entertain their audience.
“This year we’re having fireworks on Saturday on the same day as the parade. We decided to not do them on Canada day and move them to our Fair Days,” says Billey “We know we get a lot of people from out of town come through on these days and we wanted to capitalize on that and get them to stay and enjoy the full day.”
 As well as the fireworks addition to this year’s events, the fair will be closing down 49th Avenue throughout the town to set up a platform of stalls and activities for the guests to enjoy such as beer gardens, a vendors’ market, food trucks, a bouncy castle and much more.
This year’s annual Fair Days will kick off with a pre-event celebration on Aug. 10 with a charity barbeque offered by Chinook Credit Union, where all proceeds will go to support the Claresholm Fair Board.
On Friday, the fair days officially begin with festivities such as a pancake breakfast, a slow-pitch tournament, a pet show and a Royal Canadian Legion Steak dinner that the public can indulge in for $15 per person.
On Saturday however, the Fair gets into full swing as the annual parade marches through the town where candy will be tossed to the sweet spectators. Following the parade, the day hosts a platform of events such as the borderline skateboard demonstration and the bench show which offers a petting zoo, money sand pile and on-stage entertainment throughout the afternoon. The evening will see the annual Amundsen Park fun with music, an obstacle course, carnival games and more for the entire family to enjoy, before the annual movie in the park and grand firework display.
The event winds down on Sunday with the annual show and shine in centennial park and the Willow Creek Ministerial’s interdenominational church service.
Over the years the fair has attracted people from throughout the town and surrounding areas. Even those people who have left to pursue other paths make their way back to their hometown for these special annual events, says Billey.
“We have a very wide variety of people that come. Lots of kids and adults come back home for fair days. It’s definitely a local event for the most part, but we get people from all over that flock to them, so we have a good number of people in attendance.”
 This year’s annual fair days are following the tradition this summer by once again being held on the second weekend of August. For more information on the event lineup and placement people are encouraged to visit the town website at: http://www.townofclaresholm.com/visit/fair-days/.

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