Calmar’s Annual Fair was held last weekend with the bench show kicking things off on August 13. Participants were allowed to submit their entries from 3 to 8 p.m. with the judging taking place on Friday evening. Exhibits were on display to the public on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, August 14 was movie night in the park and for $2 patrons brought a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoyed a movie that began at 8 p.m.
Saturday began with a pancake breakfast at the curling rink from 8 a.m. to 10:30 and then it was on to the Mega Market when Main Street is turned into a huge farmers market that began at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m. under cloudy skies the Calmar parade began at the Calmar Elementary School before it proceeded south on 50 Street then turned left onto Highway 39 ending when it turned left again onto 47 Street.
The parade is always a highlight of the weekend and this year was no exception. St. Albert Mayor Norm Crouse and Leduc RCMP’s Inspector Kevin Kunetzki along with many of Calmar’s businesses and organizations joined Calmar’s Mayor Wally Yachimetz and town councilor members in celebrating Calmar Fair Days. The County of Leduc followed the color guard in leading the parade. Though the weather left much to be desired the enthusiasm of both the parade participants and the spectators were as high as ever.
The weekend also included an annual ball tournament, the Thistle Hill Farm Petting Zoo, numerous garage sales, activities for families, a beer garden, and concluded with a huge fireworks display.