On August 17, Victoria Settlement is launching the Great Alberta Potato Derby to celebrate the importance and significance the humble spud had on early prairie settlements. Visitors can begin the day in the historic 1906 Methodist church with a traditional service at 11:00 a.m. then enjoy a snack in the 150 year old Hudson’s Bay Company clerk’s quarters.
Other family-friendly, potato-themed events include a mashed-potato eating contest, potato bowling and of course the potato derby. Carve your own spud-car and race it down Alberta’s only potato racing track. Hungry after all the spud talk? Enjoy a free baked potato while you’re there!
When: August 17th from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Victoria Settlement is located 10 kilometres south of Smoky Lake on Secondary Highway 855 and six kilometres east on the historic Victoria Trail. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through to September 2.
Admission: $3 for adults, $8 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7-17), $1.50 for youth (ages 7-17) and $2 for seniors. Children six and under are admitted free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-656-2333 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).