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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 07:00

Free family fun at Pincher Creek’s annual Children’s Festival Aug. 18

Written by  Demi Knight
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For the past 10 years Pincher Creek has offered a day that allows children to enjoy a platform of outdoor activities at the annual Children’s Festival before returning to their studies in September.

Once again, Town officials are bringing back the event with a day full of fun Aug. 18, that’s free for the entire family to enjoy.
Kiera Greenly, summer activity co-ordinator for the Town of Pincher Creek, says this event is a great way for children to end their summer.
“This festival is good for the kids. It’s always fun to end off their summer. It happens two weeks before school starts again so it’s nice for the kids to reconnect with their school friends. Also, it’s great to have families come together and enjoy the day while making new friends and reconnecting with old friends.”
The annual children’s festival has been a staple summer event within the Town of Pincher Creek for 10 years, and falling on the same weekend this year as the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo. With several stations set up in the Central Park behind the town office, the festival is a great way for children to get outside and enjoy the weekend too.
Greenly says this event pairs nicely with the rodeo this year to help round off some family fun in which children also participate. 
“It’s a nice thing to have during the rodeo weekend for the kids to have. It draws out the younger age group to attend, and it’s good for families to attend because it’s free. I like when the event comes together, it’s fun to see all the kids there enjoying themselves,” says Greenly.
The day, that sees families from throughout the community as well as visitors from across the province come together to enjoy an afternoon of free delights, is hosting a plethora of events for its participants this year.
This year children can bounce the day away on the returning bouncy castle, or dance through the street as the guest DJ drops some music in the afternoon sun. The day will also boast several mini stations throughout the street for families to stop at and enjoy. From fishing in a plastic pool, a petting zoo, face painting, crafts and colouring and a visit from the department’s fire truck, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
“The events change every year and a lot of people that come out we recognize as families from in town, but people from out of town from the Pass and Fort Macleod and surrounding areas we also see as it is our rodeo weekend too,” says Greenly of the people they see coming out each year.
Although attendance does vary annually, Greenly adds the festival usually sees between 300 to 500 people come to enjoy the day. Once the day comes to an end, families can pull up a lawn chair and relax whilst watching the special showing of the Batman Lego Movie.
Although the festival is free for all to attend, Greenly points out such a festival is beneficial for local businesses as it helps to showcase them.
“It helps our local businesses grow. We have a non-profit youth group that will be running the concession, which helps them raise money for their organizations.”
Fox Theatre will also be at the festival with ice cream and treats to help add to the fun whilst also showing off the treats they have to offer to the community.
 The children’s festival is happening at the Central Park behind the town office on Aug.18 from 6-9 p.m. with the movie starting once the festival ends at 9 p.m.

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