By Dave Sulz
Alta Newspaper Group – Lethbridge
Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society will host a Whoop-Up Country event Saturday and Sunday as part of Alberta Open Farm Days.
The event will be held at 202002 Township Road 74 in Lethbridge County, just off of Highway 4 to Stirling. In addition to early agricultural interpretation and other activities, the society will also be recognizing the 150th anniversary of Fort Whoop-Up with birthday cake and the firing of the Whoop-Up Cannon.
The activity lineup will include a horse-drawn Parade of Power, stagecoach rides, chore-horse competition and a Wilson Colony mini-farmers’ market.
The Thunderchief Room will be displaying and interpreting Blackfoot heritage and culture and presenting Federal Indian Agricultural Policy history.
The schedule includes:
• Concession (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)
• Kids’ steer roping (12-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)
• Horse-Drawn Interpretive Wagon Tours (12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)
There will also be a horse-drawn vehicle and farm implements display; sheepherding stock dog demonstration; Steele Scouts horses and ranching; heritage firearms display; pet and feed the lambs; and Mercer Seeds cereal crops – then and now.
Sunday-only activities include a wheelwright demonstration at 1 p.m. and Pearl’s Equine Therapy – chiropractic demonstration (11 a.m.-1 p.m.).
Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society operated the Fort Whoop-Up reconstruction started by the Kinsmen in 1967 from 1973 until 2015. The society is rebuilding in Lethbridge County returning to its pre-1985 interpretive model which includes agriculture.
Details about the weekend event can be found online at albertafarmdays.ca/farm/fort-whoop-up-frontier-town/.