Wow! What a Summer We’ve All Had

Every community in our area has had a ton of fun things going on. We hope you didn’t miss them.

Early in the summer we had the Diamond Valley Parade and Discovery Days weekend. Not only was this led by a huge Parade, there was an entire weekend of things to do. Charity BBQ’s, Baseball games, Fund-raising breakfasts, Country market, tattoo artist, exhibits by local organizations, musical ride, sidewalk chalk art, carnival, bake sales and rhubarb teas, quilt show, horse drawn wagon rides, bounce houses, petting zoo, plant sale, silent auction, Fairy Tale drama, trick dogs, magician and balloon twister, magic show, book sale, family dance and to top it all off a fantastic firework display. Don’t forget all the fun the local businesses provided as locals and visitors alike wandered the streets of the Diamond Valley area visiting and shopping. And that just got summer started in the Diamond Valley area – many more summer activities followed and were enjoyed by one and all: Dog Days; Bloomin’Boxes contest; BBQ’s; Pig Roast; Triathlon; TV Show taping; Festival of Arts; Block parties; Rub it for Luck!; Rock ‘n Roll Classic and Car Show; sidewalk cafes and Stampede Breakfasts.

High River kicked off their summer fun with the 2012 Summer Fine Arts Festival featuring artists and bands. Guy Weadick Days helped celebrate the Calgary Stampede’s 100th Anniversary with the stars of the TV series ‘Heartland’ unifying the connection High River has with the movie and TV business by attending the street party held downtown. This summer truly has been packed – Chuckwagon races were held at the rodeo grounds; Little Britches Parade and Rodeo; Fun Dog Show; Pet Business trade show; Live Behavioural Class; RCMP demonstrations; Raffles, breakfasts and much more!

Longview residents kicked up their heels to the 26th Annual Longview K100 Relay race, their Little New York Daze including a super Parade, community breakfast, baseball tournament, events at the fire hall, children’s games, a large, community supper, Cowboy Church, and music galore. “Longstock” the Music and Arts Festival really did fill the ‘park with music and art’ and all kinds of crafts, vendors, dancing, fortune telling and loads of fun.

Millarville and Priddis have a unique setting for their summer activities – the Millarville Racetrack where every weekend was chock full of people visiting their renowned Farmers Market. This year the market kicked off with a “Run to Market” half marathon. Canada Day saw the running of the 107th Annual races, their 16th annual rodeo followed in August as did their 105th Annual Priddis & Millarville Fair. Talk about fun and history combined!  And don’t forget the fantastic display that was put on for the Christ Church Millarville’s 50th Annual Flower Festival!

Nanton set their area buzzing with its very own Derby action, slo-pitch tournament, garage sales, equine fair days, mule and donkey show, neighbour meet and greet, farmers market, fly-in, their antique and art walk. Nanton Days was a four day jam packed event. There was a slo-pitch tournament, a children’s festival and a duck race, not to mention Bomber Command Museum displays, breakfasts, walkathons and runs, lunches, Canadian Grain Centre tours, chilli cook off and crazy apron contest, Rodeo, Parade, roping jackpot – I hope I haven’t missed anything!

The Spirit of Okotoks weekend provided another Parade and a Children’s Festival with community breakfasts, entertainers, face painting, bubble blowing, chalk art, craft tables, a blow-up obstacle course, a loonie concession, drama skits and bands. Also throughout the summer First Saturday (of every month) has become a well attended tradition with arts, crafts, music and history intertwined to make a busy, lively day. With never a dull moment, mid-summer brought the ever spectacular Okotoks Annual Show’ n Shine & Quilt Show.

Canada Day was celebrated in style everywhere with every conceivable form of entertainment imaginable. We showed our Canadian Pride throughout our communities!

Plus how many locals have been camping in our wonderful area campgrounds, enjoying our rivers and lakes, golfing on our many courses or hiking in the nearby K-Country?

Sometimes, perhaps even more than others, it becomes important to take a moment to look back and reflect. To remember the friends and family who have moved on and who are still here with us today, and the wonderful times we’ve been able to share with them all. Life is busy and emotions are demanding, but despite the roller coasters and curve balls that life throws at us, there will always be cause to celebrate, remember and enjoy.

Our communities of the Foothills and surrounding areas work hard to provide us, their residents, with the opportunities to enjoy life, to let worries and stresses melt away, even if just for a day. To smell popcorn and cotton candy and watch our children laugh and play.  If you didn’t get the chance to participate in at least one of the numerous events that were made available to us this summer, please consider marking your calendar now for next year’s events – they are something you will want to look back on one day.


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