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Langdon Days to support local park

This year's Langdon Days, July 19 to 21, will be fundraising for Langdon Park – home to most of the hamlet's recreational facilities. File Photo/Rocky View Publishing

Langdon Days has been bringing the community together for decades, according to Langdon Community Association (LCA) president Chrissy Craig, and this year the event is looking to honour a community space by raising money for Langdon Park.

“It is the centre of the community,” Craig said.

The park is home to the hamlet’s only hockey rink – which is outdoors – and features a large playground, a skate park, a walking path and baseball diamonds, she said. Langdon Days, held July 19 to 21, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the the park and it’s recreational facilities.

“It's a fundraiser to pay for all the amenities within Langdon Park. Most of the things that are within the park are recreation-based and [there’s] no user fee,” Craig said. “It has to be operated and maintained through fundraising dollars, which are matched with grants.”

Without the success of this annual event, she added, “the park wouldn't run.” According to Craig, Rocky View County provides grant funding equal to the dollars raised by LCA, which is why Craig said many of the park’s facilities would “fall into disrepair” without the community’s support during Langdon Days.

“It's a chance for the community to get together and celebrate being part of Langdon, as well,” she said.

Langdon Days begins July 19 with an evening Slo-Pitch tournament, food trucks and beer gardens – all of which continue throughout the weekend. July 20 starts with a free pancake breakfast followed by a parade, market and children’s activities. The Slo-Pitch tournament wraps up July 21, and a car show will begin at 10 a.m.

The event, according to Craig, depends heavily on the support of the community.

“Without the businesses and the sponsorship, this event wouldn't make any money – with the costs of insurance and rentals, and all the regulations now that you have to do, you can't run an event, just to run an event. You have to follow all these rules,” she said.

She added volunteers are also vital as they allows LCA to “give all the money raised back into the community.”

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