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Beiseker Lions Club celebrates 101 years of Country Fair

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The Beiseker Country Fair, set for June 8, will offer free activities , including a number of bouncy castles for kids. Photo Submitted/For Rocky View Publishing

The Beiseker Lions Club is celebrating 101 years of bringing the community together with its annual Country Fair, June 8.

According to Bob Carley, event chair, the fair began as a parade more than a century ago and has grown significantly throughout the years.

“It's a big event for the community in many ways,” he said, “and it helps kicks off summer for a lot of people.”

A variety of activities are planned for this year’s event, happening throughout the village of Beiseker. Carley said the Show & Shine will see a variety of interesting cars lined up along Main Street while a parade passes down. According to Carley, the car show is always a popular attraction.

“[The car show] is always a big draw for a lot of people and a lot of car enthusiasts,” he said. “It takes up more than two blocks of Main Street.”

The event will also feature Calgary Stampede royalty, marching bands, Shriners and skydiving. While the skydivers have dropped at other locations in the past, Carley said, for safety reasons, they will be dropping at the ball diamonds in Friendship Park at around 2 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, the village will host a slo-pitch tournament at Friendship Park that people can either participate in or watch.

At the community arena, there will be bouncy castles and a money pit for kids, Carley added. According to Carley, the money pit gives kids the chance to dig for change in a pile of sand – a popular attraction with the event’s younger attendees. Other kids’ activities will be happening at Community Links and the playschool.

All of the activities at the Country Fair are free, Carley said, except for the breakfast, the barbecue and the dances. The $15 charge for the barbecue supper starting at 5 p.m. will also cover admittance to the family dance at 7 p.m. and cabaret at 9 p.m. Anyone wishing to attend the dance without the supper, he added, will have to pay a $10 cover.

Carley said he hopes the community comes out to help kick off the summer.

“This is a farming community,” he said. “This time of the year works out well because all the crops are seeded by now, so there's time to participate and have some fun.”

The event starts at 7 a.m. with a breakfast at the Community Centre, and the Show & Shine will be kicking off at 8 a.m. on Main Street before the grand parade helps start the rest of the day at 10 a.m.

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