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Oyen gearing up to celebrate the centennial

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Planning for Oyen’s Centennial celebration has been underway for the past year and there will be no shortage of activities for locals and individuals returning to the community.

The main celebration is set to take place August 2-4. An organizing committee made up of representatives from various community groups has been meeting monthly to iron out the details.
The schedule is still tentative and available online at
“The Oyen 100 Centennial committee has been in touch with descendants of the Oyen family and is very excited at the possibility of having a number of them participate in the celebration,” says Diana Walker, secretary for the committee and member of the parade committee.
Those people taking part in weekend activities are encouraged to pre-register. Those ages 16 and older can pay $50, ages six to 15 cost $25 and ages two to five $10 for a wristband. Showing a wristband will allow participants to enjoy many meals and entry into events without paying at the door.
To pre-register people should phone the town office at 403-664-3511.
People can also send in their favourite memories of growing up and living in Oyen. Those can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be used in print articles, shared during the weekend and posted on the Facebook page at:
The first day of the weekend celebration will include a farmers’ market during the day and an evening barbecue in the RCMP Centennial Park hosted by New Brigden Community Club.
There will be beer gardens set up and a local artists jam session on stage.
A slow-pitch tournament kicks off that evening. Anyone who wants to register a team can contact Ryley Girletz ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or
Wyatt Girletz ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or phone 403-664-0179. Everyone is welcome to come out and play as this is a family/fun slowpitch tournament.
Later that evening there will be a children’s movie shown outdoors on the backstop of the large baseball diamond in RCMP Centennial Park.
The evening finishes off with fireworks at 11 p.m.
The majority of the weekend’s activities take place on Saturday, Aug. 3.
There will be breakfast at the Legion and then the slow-pitch tournament gets underway.
Opening ceremonies and  cake cutting takes place at the clock tower in Main Street Park at 9:30 a.m. and then people can take a downtown businesses history walk and view the historic plaques on the businesses as well as check out in-store specials.
A parade starts at 11 a.m. but participants can start lining up at the Crossroads Centre starting at 9 a.m. Floats can be pre-registered with Krista Stammers (403-664-2080) or Diana Walker (403-664-3622).
The slow-pitch tournament, which breaks for the parade, resumes for the afternoon. Beer Gardens will also be set up.
 Also the afternoon features an antique implement display and demonstration at Crossroads Museum; a three-on-three street hockey tournament in the skateboard park and tennis court areas; tours of the Assumption Catholic School, Oyen Public School and South Central High School; crafts and games in RCMP Centennial Park; a marble slab ice cream stand; pool games at the Shirley McClellan Aquatic Centre; and in RCMP Centennial Park there will be Mia’s face painting, children’s shows, a blow-up maze and bouncers and a petting zoo.
The Oyen and District Seniors’ Recreation Centre will host a fashion display, tea and cookies and jam session and there will be an Al Azhar Shriners Mounted Patrol show at the Crossroads Centre.
The Legion hosts two supper sittings and then people can Dance to Fast Times in the arena that evening.
The weekend festivities wrap up on Aug. 4 starting with a breakfast provided by the Big Country Ag Society at the Legion and the Slow-Pitch Tournament gets underway again.
A church service starts at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion and there will be an antique implement display at the Crossroads Museum as well as some children’s activities at RCMP Centennial Park and beer gardens for the afternoon.
To ensure the weekend goes off without a hitch, volunteers are being recruited. Interested individuals can attend a centennial committee meeting which takes place every third Monday of the month at the Oyen Fire Hall starting at 7 p.m.
More details about Centennial events and updates are available on the Town of Oyen website (www. or the Oyen Centennial 2013 Facebook page.

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