By Jonathan Guignard
Horses, decorated floats and vintage vehicles cruised down the streets of Magrath last Saturday afternoon as kids lined up in the hunt of sweet treats.
The Magrath parade was a hit as the community came together to enjoy this year’s festivities.
It was one of the many things to take part in this weekend during the 2016 Magrath Days.
Local, Elaine Selman grew up in Magrath and feels the town always does a great job with the parade and says this year was no different.
“It was a great parade, with a good turnout on a beautiful day and a bunch of happy people. It was great,” said Selman.
Apart from the boatload of candy, Selman believes there is something about the parade that can benefit the children.
“It gives them more of a sense of belonging to some place important and it gives them a sense of community,” said Selman.
Tom Wolsey made the trip from Lethbridge and is always impressed with the community and how much support they show to the town during Magrath Days.
“We come out every year and the kids enjoy all the candy. It’s a great time to get together and it’s good family time. The community does a great job and you can tell they are very loyal to Magrath,” said Wolsey.
Ken Kyle also made the trip from Lethbridge because of his children who live in Magrath.
His daughter is married to Sam Yamamoto, whose high school band was in the parade. Kyle and his wife always enjoy coming out to visit and seeing his band perform.
“It’s nice to see Sam and his band. Magrath is renowned for its music and especially at the school,” said Kyle.
He adds, the parade is always a special time of year for the children.
“Our grandkids were very excited to come out. We all got up early to be here and it’s always exciting,” said Kyle.
Magrath is a tight-knit community and Magrath Days always gets the community engaged and together. Magrath Days are full of things to do and the kind-hearted people of Magrath is what keeps bringing everybody back each year.
“It’s a very friendly community. A lot of my family live here and it’s a great place to raise a family,” said Kyle.
The parade was just the beginning of what turned out to be a great final day of this year’s Magrath Days. A petting zoo, a trade show, lawn mower races, softball and Magrath’s Talent Show were just some of the things taking place.