Potatoes and Pennies: Much to do this Sunday, August 23

It’s going to be another exciting weekend at Alberta’s historic sites on August 23 — check out these events taking place across the province.


Celebrate the Great Alberta Potato Derby

The annual Victoria Settlement’s “Great Alberta Potato Derby” recognizes the vital significance the humble potato had on this prairie settlement.

When Rev. George McDougall and his family first arrived around 1863, stored potatoes were the main winter food. To honour that past, we are celebrating the humble spud with the annual Great Alberta Potato Derby on Sunday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Potato games are apeeling

We’ll start the day off with a historic Methodist service at 11 a.m. in the 1906 church. The rest of the afternoon can be spent competing in family-friendly potato-themed events and winning prizes! Participate in a mashed potato eating contest, fastest and longest peeling race, sack racing, potato bowling, and other zany events. You can also carve your own spud car and race it down Alberta’s only potato racing track and after all that exertion, enjoy a free baked potato on us!

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. Friday to Monday through to September 7th.

Ticket prices are $4 for adults, $11 for a family (pair of adults and children under 17), $1.50 for youth (ages 7-17) and $3 for seniors. Children six and under are admitted free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Cash only.

Need more info? Visit http://history.alberta.ca/victoria or call 780-656-2333 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta). You can also find them on Facebook!



Penny Carnival at Stephansson House


On Sunday, August 23, Stephansson House invites everyone to come to the annual Harvest Penny Carnival for some good old fashioned family fun and games. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and features craft and produce vendors tents as well as old-fashioned penny carnival games and crafts for the kids.

This year we are happy to have the Spruceview Library Quilting Group display, demonstrate and inspire with their lovely handy work. The whole family can enjoy local musical talent while perusing the vendors’ tables or playing games.

Spruceview Quilting

Stephansson House is the historic homestead of Stephan G. Stephansson, an acclaimed Icelandic-Canadian pioneer and poet. Stephansson House offers a glimpse of 1920s rural family life, and fascinating insight into the life and work of a gifted and prolific writer, widely regarded as one of the major Icelandic poets of the 20th century.

It’s located seven kilometres north of Markerville, off secondary highways 781 and 592 (20 minutes south of Sylvan Lake, or 30 minutes southwest of Red Deer). Admission to the site is $3 for adults, $2 for youths (ages 7-17) and seniors, $8 for a family (two adults and children 7 to 17 years of age) and free for children under six, military personnel and their families, and Local Friends Member.

For more information visit the website or call 403-728-3929 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

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