By Kenyon Stronski
Westwind Weekly News
There’s a lot to look forward to at Stirling’s Settler Days starting today and running until late Saturday, July 16.
Events for Settler Days officially kick off with tree planting beginning at 5 p.m. today — hosted by Lethbridge’s own 20th Independent Field Battery RCA on the Michelson Farmstead. This is followed closely by ‘Music on the Veranda’ at 6 p.m. which includes a $3 deal for hotdogs, chips, pop and water with music beginning at 7 p.m..; this event is also hosted on the Michelson Farmstead.
Kicking off Friday, pickleball runs from 2-5 p.m. at the tennis courts. Running closely after and beginning at 5:30 p.m. is ‘Bouncy Castle Chaos’ hosted at the reunion centre. Taco in a Bag is brought and hosted by Friends of the Library and will be running at the Reunion Centre at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the drop-off for the Cake Walk event. The Cake Walk begins in earnest at 7 p.m. also at the Reunion Centre and you can call or text Emilie at (403) 360-7890 — tickets are $0.50.
Come 6:30 p.m., it marks the beginning of the Family Slo Pitch Tournament at the baseball diamonds and if you would like to sign up, contact Emilie at (403) 360-7890.
Wagon rides will run from 7-9 p.m., beginning at the Reunion Centre and will serve as a chance to go for a nice ride around Stirling.
Over at the fire hall, Stirling’s volunteer firefighters will be showcasing an extrication demo at 8 p.m. – at the same time, the ‘Teen Pool Luau’ will begin and will run until 10 p.m.. at the Stirling Pool.
Finally, to close off Friday, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl will be shown at the Stirling baseball diamond beginning at 10 p.m. while the Stirling Library concession will open at 9:30 p.m.
Kicking off Saturday at 7 a.m. and running until 9:30 a.m. – Stirling’s volunteer firefighter force will be cooking a $2 pancake breakfast over at the Community Centre. The next event is the Settler Days Parade, starting at 10 a.m. on Main Street.
After the parade comes the South Century Team Roping over at the Silver Saddle Club Arena. This event begins at noon and will run until 5 p.m. with the only caveat being each time must have a combined age of 100 or more.
The Family Slow Pitch Tournament will begin once more at 12:30 p.m. and will once again take place over at the baseball diamonds. Pool games are on the itinerary this year, and starting at 1:00 p.m. and running until 2 p.m. you can stop over and enjoy the water.
Next up over at the Sugar Bowl, and closely following the pool games, at 2 p.m. Stirling’s firefighters will be setting up a slip and slide for the community to enjoy. Beginning at the same time are bouncy castles coupled with old-fashioned games being hosted over at the Reunion Centre.
While the pool is clearing out from the pool games, shortly after at 3 p.m. in the parking lot will begin the Settler Craft Sale. Each table is $10 and if you’d like a seat it is advised that you reserve with Emilie early.
Come 6 p.m. it will mark the ringing of the dinner bell and the pool concession will be open with the SIPS food truck and hotdogs at the pool concession.
Second to last is the family dance beginning at 8:30 p.m. also in the pool’s tparking lot — and to mark the end of Settler Days with a bang comes fireworks over at the Reunion Centre.