By Stan Ashbee
Westwind Weekly News
Don’t miss this week’s Magrath Celebration 2019 with a plethora of family fun-filled events and activities for all ages starting tonight until Saturday night with fireworks.
Magrath town councillor and Magrath Celebration Committee Chair Brian Oliver said the celebration, which starts tonight, is going to be awesome. “We try to do something different every year. I think this will be our biggest year yet,” he noted.
Tonight soft ball games are scheduled for 6 p.m. For more info contact Cori at 403-915-2747.
Friday a barbecue outside of Surex is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. From 4-6 p.m. there’s an Ag Society Fair. There will be a mayor’s ribbon cutting ceremony held at 6 p.m. From 7 p.m. to midnight there will be an 18+ fundraiser at the Magrath Curling Club and a performance by Highway 62.
Saturday is a jam-packed day with a variety of happenings. It’s the Fun Run at 8 a.m. on Magrath Trail. For more info contact Vicki at 403-330-7787. From 7:30-9 a.m. there will be a free pancake breakfast at Magrath Dental. The annual parade kicks off at 11 a.m.
On Saturday afternoon, there’s a Family Fun Rodeo at 12 p.m. at the Magrath Ag Complex and a Trade Show at noon at the Ice Arena. An Annual Youth Disc Golf Tournament kicks off at 1 p.m. at Irrigation Park and an adult tournament will be held at 2 p.m. At the track, there will be kids races at 1 p.m. plus a bouncy house, an obstacle course, water balls, a petting zoo, vendors and food trucks.
This Saturday will also feature Global FMX Motocross performances at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. A Colour Guard performance will be held at 2 p.m. Lawn Mower Races are scheduled for 4 p.m. and fireworks at 11 p.m. in Cole Field. Most of the action Saturday takes place at the school grounds.
“The new thing this year is the motocross guys doing their jumps. That’s probably the biggest attraction and we have The Chevelles coming to play Saturday night,” Oliver said, adding assistance from various community members, businesses and town staff help make the celebration bigger and better every year.
Oliver explained July 25 was a Mormon holiday since settler days and the Magrath Celebration has been ongoing since then. “So 100 years or so,” he said.
One thing that happens each year during the celebration, Oliver said, is the community doubles in size with a lot of people coming home to visit their families.
“It’s as important as Christmas to come to town during the town celebration,” from remarks he has heard from community members around town.