Westwind Weekly News
Chautauqua is returning to the Mormon Trail for its third year.
The event is bringing entertainment, educational and cultural opportunities to Cardston on June 15 and Magrath on June 16.
“Essentially, it is to try to inspire, inform (and) entertain,” said Cardston Mayor Maggie Kronen.
“Those are the elements that are involved in a Chautauqua.”
The main event Cardston will be hosting is a musical theatre production that tells the story of the pioneers who settled the region.
Stirling Mayor Trevor Lewington, whose village hosted Chautauqua last year along with Raymond, called it a “joint tourism venture” between the four participating municipalities.
“The intent of this thing is to drive tourism to this region and, in particular, our four communities, and reflect on the historical past,” he said.
Lewington hosted last year’s “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” show, which he said attracted an impressive 25 competitors from across the region, including people from Fort Macleod, Claresholm and Lethbridge, which they had to narrow down to a top 10.
“I was really floored by the level of talent that showed up for it,” Lewington said.
Chautauqua also includes rodeo events and educational speakers.
The Chautauqua committee presented to both Raymond town council and Stirling village council at their respective April 17 and 18 meetings.
“The presentation was the Chautauqua committee coming to let us know what their plans are, ask for our continued support and endorsement, and give us an update where they are with the planning and all the logistics,” Lewington said.