It’s mid-July, which means the Langdon Community Association is getting set to celebrate the hamlet with a weekend full of Langdon Days events, which will be hosted this year from July 22 to 24.
Langdon Days have been a community tradition since 1945, recalling the hamlet’s history when a yearly agricultural fair was hosted. Back then, events included horse racing, baseball tournaments, handcraft exhibitions, and booths selling lemonade and ice cream.
This year's Langdon Days is returning somewhat back to the 1945 version's roots, as the three-day event will feature a slo-pitch tournament at Langdon’s new baseball diamonds, a market, car show-n-shine, children’s festival, movie night, beer gardens, and different food options.
“It’s a good time for the community to come together and just celebrate,” said Chrissy Craig, the Langdon Community Association chair and an event coordinator for Langdon Days.
Kicking off the weekend on Friday at 6 p.m., a slo-pitch tournament featuring 32 adult teams will take place at Iron Horse Fields, with the teams playing each other throughout the weekend.
There will also be an adults-only bingo game from 6 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. at the Fieldhouse on Friday.
Throughout the weekend, there will be varying food trucks and two beer gardens available for visitors to peruse.
According to Craig, booking food trucks was difficult this year due to the many summer festivals happening in Rocky View County, Airdrie, and Calgary. Despite the competition, the Langdon Community Association was able to book a hot dog truck, ice cream, Family Fry Guy, and Meraki Cusine.
The slo-pitch tournament will play host to an all-ages beer garden, according to Craig.
“We have a smaller beer gardens that are open during the daytime so that people can sit and have a beer and watch baseball,” she said.
A shuttle service will be making trips throughout the weekend to safely drive the ball players and spectators from Iron Horse Fields to the second beer garden location at Langdon Park. The main beer garden will feature a live deejay. Although minors are welcome to the gardens on Sunday, the event will be an adults-only party on Friday and Saturday.
A bright and early start on Saturday morning has the slo-pitch tournament resuming, with teams batting off at 6 a.m.
Also on Saturday, Langdon residents are invited to a free pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. and afterwards, they can watch the parade take off from Langdon School. The parade will head east down Anderson Avenue, turning north at Fourth Street to make a loop back to Langdon School using Centre Street to end the procession.
Following the parade, members of Langdon’s fire department is hosting an open house and barbecue to showcase the hamlet’s brand new fire station and emergency services centre. The drop-in-style barbecue is free to attend.
Local, small, and home-based businesses will be selling goods at Langdon Park from noon to 5 p.m.
“There’s mixtures from crocheting to cards to fruit and vegetables…there’s many, many different vendors at the market,” Craig said.
For the littlest of attendees, a children’s festival will be packed with activities from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The festival will feature a bouncy castle, cotton candy, as well as a gentleman highlighting different reptiles, and many more fun activities for the kiddos.
During the children’s festival, there will be a youth zone so older children are able to take part in the activities.
A movie night at Iron Horse Fields will be screening the 1991 action/adventure film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Immediately following the movie, fireworks will be lighting up the sky to wrap up the second day of Langdon’s biggest annual celebration.
“If people want to stand, they can stand in [the field] or they can sit in their cars in the parking lot and watch the fireworks,” Craig said.
To crown the slo-pitch tournament champions, the final games of the weekend-long competition take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 24.
Shortly after the final slo-pitch players have rounded home plate, cars will be on display at Langdon School from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. for a show-n-shine event. Those looking to participate in the car show can register on Sunday between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Keeping things simple, to register, car owners only need to show up at the school prior to the show-n-shine start time.
“We’ve had up to 200 cars before, we have lots of space,” Craig said. “It’s a fun event, it’s great to see the community out and about.”