By Nikki Jamieson
Westwind Weekly News
Magrath Days are back this year.
The festival couldn’t go on as planned last year due to the pandemic, although the Town of Magrath was able to put on a fireworks display. This year, the festivities are back on, with town councillor Brian Oliver noting they have something for everyone.
“We’ve got lots of things going on,” said Oliver. “Seeing as how COVID is finally, kind of over the hump, people need to go out and do something, so we have lots of events.”
Oliver noted that the festival tends to act as a family reunion for residents, as relatives from afar come back to visit. While that likely won’t be the case this year due to travel restrictions, theres still plenty to enjoy.
Events start with family softball games on July 22 at 6 p.m.. This is followed by a Movie in the Park from 8:30 to midnight and a Teen Dance Party from 9:30 to midnight.
Festivities on July 23 kick off with 3-on-3 basketball games from 9 a.m. to noon, more Family Softball games at 6 p.m., a Beer Garden fundraiser for the curling club will go from 7 p.m. to midnight and DiscGolf games will run from 10-11:30 p.m.
On July 24, a Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. The parade line up begins at 10 a.m., with the parade starting at 11 a.m. A Trade Show will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Spikeball games will go at 12:15 p.m.
A Ribbon Cutting ceremony will go at the community pool at 12:45 p.m., followed by family races, swimming, a mechanical bull and bounce house games at 1 p.m., face painting at 1:30 and Colour Guard at 2 p.m.
One thing returning this year is FMX Motocross shows, which go at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Oliver said they had then scheduled to perform a few years ago, but high winds meant they could not perform. He’s hoping the show will be able to go as planned this year.
Lawn Mower races go at 4 p.m., followed by the Spikeball final at 5 and 6 p.m. Town council will be putting on a BBQ diner at 6 p.m., which will be followed by live music from 7-11 p.m.
Festivities will finish off at 11 p.m. with a fireworks display. Oliver said that around the water feature in the north end of town, there are some baseball fields where people can view the display at.