The annual Bragg Creek Days event is back for a scaled-down celebration on July 24, following last year’s cancellation due to COVID-19.
The Bragg Creek Community Centre parking lot will be home to the event, which is running from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The festivities will include a barbecue and beer gardens, offering attendees the ability to visit and connect with members of the community who they maybe haven’t seen for a while, while their kids run off and play.
Live music will complement the day, with performances from a variety of local artists.
Alannah Turner, the president of the Bragg Creek Community Association (BCCA) board and a resident of the hamlet for nearly 20 years, said the event has been going on for as long as she can remember – but this year is admittedly going to be a bit different than past iterations.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing our community – it’s been a tough year and a half,” she said.
The organizing committee has been working on a tighter timeline than usual, according to Turner, following the lifting of public health restrictions on July 1. But she added the BCCA is still doing everything they can to ensure the day is fun and safe for everyone who volunteers or attends.
Since the event will be outside, masks are not mandatory, though volunteers will likely be wearing them, Turner said. They have also arranged for hand-washing and sanitizing stations, signage to direct foot traffic and enhanced sanitization of commonly touched surfaces.
The shindig has also been assigned a maximum capacity of 300 people, while a parade component was scrapped this year as a way to further promote the safety of the community.
Bragg Creek Days won’t be the hamlet’s first public event held in the community since the reduction of public health restrictions – Turner says for the past four weekends, the community association has been hosting its weekly farmer’s markets once again, in the centre’s parking lot.
“It started to kind of break the ice a little bit,” she said.
Turner added that while she recognizes some people may not yet be ready to attend public events, there has been a decent turnout at the markets so far. She said she hopes this energy and attendance will continue when Bragg Creek Days rolls around.
The highlight of the day is sure to be the live entertainment, she added, with the music line-up including The Band Peak, Rick Godderis, Susan Gorman, Chris Sandvoss and more.
“I think we’re all starving for live music,” she said. “We hope to see a lot of faces we haven’t seen in a while,”
Full details on this year’s Bragg Creek days can be found at bit.ly/3AUJuYQ