The streets of Wetaskiwin will be filled with excited children, fun-loving teens and cheerful adults amid a flurry of activity the weekend of July 10-12. Mark your calendars because as Judi Best, chamber of commerce executive director and point person for the event states, “Wetaskiwin Summer Festival July 10 to 12, will be the best ever. A carnival atmosphere will electrify the city”.
The festival begins on Friday with the thrilling midway lining up along Main Street from 53 Street to 50 Street. On July 11, festivities kick-off at 11 a.m. with a parade starting on Main Street (55 Street) and a hop skip and jump one block north and back onto Main Street ending at 47 Street.
A few highlights to watch for: Friday – with the purchase of a $30 wristband and donation to the food bank, enjoy the (expanded) all-you-can-ride midway in downtown Wetaskiwin from 4 p.m. to closing; Friday – concert in Drill Hall featuring local entertainer Randy Bailer and Punch Drunk Cabaret and Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell; Saturday 11 a.m. – Parade and also Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunshine Fiesta in the Park.
Wetaskiwin based Punch Drunk Cabaret will be the opening act at the concert in the Drill Hall on July 10 followed by classic rocker, Kim Mitchell. “It’s personally satisfying for me to have grown up in Wetaskiwin, listening to all those great Kim Mitchell hits on the radio and now having the opportunity to play an event together”, modestly stated Randy Bailer, musician with the Cabaret.
The doors for the concert open at 7 p.m. Tickets for the crowd pleasing evening of entertainment are available from the chamber for the modest price of $45+ tax. Also available is reserved seating and the opportunity to display a company banner with the purchase of tables for four, six or 10.
New for 2015 – SunShine Fiesta In The Park
SunShine Fiesta In The Park, new to summer festival, will be taking place in Jubilee Park (just east of the water tower) in the heart of downtown Wetaskiwin. The park will be buzzing with activity on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; a vendor marketplace in outdoor pavilions enhanced with live entertainment and many other family-friendly activities throughout the day. This vendor marketplace is a great opportunity for home businesses to showcase their product.
Best, executive director of the Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce has taken the leadership role for planning and organizing the event. “New additions to the Wetaskiwin Summer Festival clearly confirm that we are doing our utmost to make summer festival the event of the summer”.
The Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce thanks their partners for their support of the Wetaskiwin Summer Festival. “The event is a tremendous amount of work,” concludes Best, “ but as planning is progressing we are excited about how the community is jumping in and supporting this event. Our goal is to provide Wetaskiwin and region with an event that exceeds expectations. We are well on our way to doing that.”
Wetaskiwin and District Chamber of Commerce, thank you for providing an action-packed weekend of fun, laughter and enjoyment of the entire community and region on July 10-12.