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Thursday, 17 August 2017 07:00

Huckleberry Festival remains a sweet event at Castle Resort

Written by  Demi Knight
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People are hungry this year for the Huckleberry Festival as it fast approaches this August. The festival is back once again at Castle Mountain resort for its 22nd annual event on Aug. 25-27.


Jason Crawford, sales and marketing manager at Castle Mountain Resort, says this festival is such an amazing community event, that brings together skiers and non-skiers alike to experience the mountains and have a great weekend.
“Huckleberry Festival is all about community. From a skier and riders’ point of view, it's a great time to see your friends that you only see in the winter. From a non-skier point of view, it's a great event to get in the mountains with your families with little effort and there is so many fun activities going on for everyone.”
This once-a-year, community-minded festival is back again with many added events to make the fun last from Friday evening, all the way through to Sunday afternoon.
With live music, T-Bar Pub & Grub, a bonfire and a beer tasting event, the festival kicks off with a variety of activities to get attendees excited for the weekend ahead.
However, Saturday is when the weekend gets into full swing with a full day of activities and fun for people of all ages to enjoy, from more music, a bouncy castle and children’s entertainment to a vendor marketplace, the annual pig roast and roast beef dinner and the Huckleberry chair lift which sweeps people over 1,000 feet up on Haig mountain where there are Huckleberry bushes awaiting at the top from which to pick fruit.
Crawford says there are many events to be excited for, but the community vibe and accessibility of these events are one of his favourite aspects.
“The thing I really like about the festival, is for families that just want to come and check out the live music and activities in the base area, it's completely free. This is really important to keep the community vibe going in  my opinion.”
Crawford adds the food offered during this three-day event can not be overlooked.
“And of course, the berries and the food. The pig roast supper on Saturday night is to die for.”
Sunday is where the public will see most of the added events this year, with more live music, guided hikes and chair rides, the fun has been extended throughout the last day of the festival to ensure all those in attendance can experience a full weekend of fun if they choose.
“We added the lifts and activities to Sunday and it's going to be so much fun. For those that get the all — access pass, it includes unlimited chairlift rides all weekend long and each of the community meals, so you can make a full weekend of it,” says Crawford before adding his enthusiasm to showcase the exquisite adventures the resort has to offer in terms of trails.
 “I'm also really excited about the guided hikes on Sunday to showcase our hiking trails and the beauty of Castle Mountain Resort.”
Although this event brings in crowds upwards of 1,000 in recent years, it isn’t only local visitors who stop by, but travellers from across the country also.
“Last year we had about 1,500 people. This year we're hoping for 2,000 people spread out over the three days. We get wonderful support from our local community which would be our main supports, but there are a lot  of people that travel down from as far as Edmonton and parts of B.C. for this festival,” says Crawford.
Admission to the annual festival is free of charge, with costs added for meals, beverages, and scenic lift rides should people want to experience those aspects. However, one final addition to the festival this year is the Huckleberry Fest Pass, which is available for adults at   a cost of $69 and $49 for children. This pass includes access to festival grounds, unlimited scenic life rides, continental breakfast on Saturday, barbecue, pig roast, and breakfast buffet on Sunday.
The festival will commence Friday Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. and run until Sunday afternoon at Castle Mountain Resort. For more information on the festival lineup, activities and passes you can visit the website at: www.skicastle.ca/event/22nd-annual-huckleberry-fest/2017-08-25/?utm_source=What%27s+New+with+ Huckleberry+Fest&utm_campaign=Email%3A+What% 27s+New+Huck+Fest&utm_medium=email.

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