By Stan Ashbee
Westwind Weekly News
Stirling’s annual Settler Days kicks off tonight and runs through Saturday. Don’t miss all the activities on tap at this year’s celebration.
Village of Stirling Mayor Trevor Lewington said the village’s annual Settler Days celebration offers a broad-range of music, sports and food in a family-fun atmosphere.
“There’s the traditional favourites beginning tonight with Music on the Veranda to Friday night’s Movie in the Park through to Saturday’s Candy Parade, the 4th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest and fireworks for the grand finale,” he noted.
New this year, he added, will be a demonstration from the Lethbridge Community Taiko Drumming Association. “Which I’m sure is bound to become a crowd favourite.”
Lewington said the success of this event is very much due to the many dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to co-ordinate all the events. “I’m always amazed at and appreciative for their passion for the community.”
“We would welcome our friends and neighbours from around the region to join us for the festivities and to take part in the fun. A detailed schedule with all the times, locations and other details is available on the village website at stirling.ca,” he said.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. it’s Music on the Veranda at the Michelsen Farmstead. The music program begins at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., it’s the Teen Luau Pool Party Extravaganza at the Stirling Pool for ages 13-18 years. The cost is $8 and pre-pay at the pool. There will be pizza and door prizes plus a new movie at the pool.
Tomorrow and Saturday don’t miss the Family Slo-Pitch Tournament at the Stirling Ball Diamonds with a cost of $50 per team. For more info or to register call Cindy at 403-635-7082.
Tomorrow the following events will be at the Stirling Reunion Centre. From 5-9 p.m., Pickle Ball. Mini-Market at 6 p.m., which is a Stirling Library Fundraiser. Cake Walk at 7 p.m. Horse Wagon Rides from 8-9 p.m. at the corner of 3 Ave and 6 Street. Movie in the Park “Dumbo” with Stirling Library Concession.
On Saturday, from 7-9:30 a.m. there’s a free Firefighter Pancake Breakfast at the Stirling Community Centre with donations to the Volunteer Fire Department. At 10 a.m. don’t miss the Silver Saddle Club Family Fun Rodeo. At 11 a.m. it’s the Stirling Days Parade. There’s a Firefighter Hose Relay Race at 11:30 a.m. at 3 Street in front of the school and Four-On-Four Road Hockey at 12 p.m. in the Stirling School parking lot.
There’s Mini-Chuckwagon Races from 1-2 p.m. at the Stirling Silver Saddle Club Arena, a free Carnival at the Reunion Centre from 1-4 p.m., pool swims, the 8th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at the Reunion Centre with $5 registration, a Family Dance in front of the Stirling Pool at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks at 11 p.m. at the Reunion Centre.
Volunteers are also always needed for the celebration.