Langdon Days is returning July 20 to 22 with plenty of fun, beer and ball for residents and out-of-towners to get their hands on.
For its 73rd celebration, the Langdon Community Association (LCA) will hold its traditional softball tournament, parade and beer gardens – the staples, according to co-ordinator Chrissy Craig – as well as an opportunity for attendees to connect.
“I enjoy watching the community get together, connect with their neighbours, and walking down the street – oh look, there’s so-and-so talking,” Craig said. “The park is only a three-minute walk, but it takes people probably a half an hour to get across because they run into so many people they know.”
The new addition this year is craft beer tasting, which takes place the afternoon of July 21. Craig said the LCA underestimated how much Langdon residents enjoy craft beer last year and ran out. They don’t plan to make the same mistake this year, she said.
“There’s actually quite a lot of craft beer drinkers here, so I think it’s nice to bring something different, and for people to try something different in town,” Craig said.
A show and shine is also planned for July 22, where car enthusiasts from as far as Victoria and Saskatchewan will have their rides lined up for show. Food trucks will also be driving in, and a market will be setting up before a dance with a DJ.
The Langdon Days family zone is, unfortunately, taking a hit this year due to a lack of sponsors, but face painting and a bouncy house will still be around for kids to join the fun.
Other staples like the breakfast, parade and fireworks are slated for July 21, while the slo-pitch tournament – which is completely full – will be running parallel to other celebrations.
“I have people that I know in the city that come out because they can come for the parade,” Craig said. “It’s like the small-town parade that everybody remembers growing up, where they throw candy and (have) water fights with the firefighters. They don’t do that in the city, anymore.”
Craig also noted Langdon Days acts as a fundraiser to support LCA facilities, including the skate park, playground and outdoor ice rink. Because these facilities have no user fees, she said LCA needs to raise money to maintain them, as well as apply for funding in the form of grants.
She added LCA is still on the lookout for more volunteers to help out for the weekend. According to Craig, positions are available for everybody – be that families or seniors.
For a detailed schedule and more information, visit goodlucktown.ca/langdon-days.html