One Weekend, Four Events: Summer

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Hard to believe that we are already mid-way through August…but the summer isn’t over yet! This upcoming weekend, five of our historic sites and museums have events going on. There’s the music festival over at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village but if that’s not your jam, here’s some other ideas:

  • Remington Carriage Museum: Miniature Chuckwagon Championship Races (August 19-20)
  • Reynolds-Alberta Museum: Motorcycle Ride to Reynolds (August 20)
  • Victoria Settlement: Annual Potato Derby (August 21)
  • Stephansson House: Harvest Fair and Quilt Show (August 21)

Remington Carriage Museum: Miniature Chuckwagon Championship Races (August 19-20)

If you are in southern Alberta, why not check out the Miniature Chuckwagon Championship Races at the Remington Carriage Museum? Running from August 19-20, the event starts with a cowboy social on the evening of the 19 (at 6 p.m.), a free pancake breakfast to kick off the Saturday (9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.) with races starting at 1 p.m.

While you’re waiting for the races to start, be sure to visit the Western Art & Gear Show, running from August 19 (noon-9 p.m.) and August 20 (9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.). Please note that admission to this show is free—you just need tickets to visit the museum and for the Chuckwagon races.

The Details:

Family $15.00 (Adult plus children 17 and under)
Adult $5.00 (18 and over)
Youth $3.00 (17 and Younger)
(Event tickets are not an admission to the Museum)

Where: Remington Carriage Museum, located 623 Main Street, Cardston Alberta.

Reynolds Alberta Museum: Motorcycle Ride to Reynolds (August 20)

Love motorcycles? Then Reynolds Alberta Museum is the place to be this weekend. All brands, riding clubs and owners are invited to come and if you come on a motorcycle, get free admission to the museum.

There’s a new temporary display called Honda Motorcycles of the ‘50s and ‘60s. This display is an opportunity to see more than 40 rare and one-of-a-kind Honda motorcycles ranging from 1953-1969. Check out the Early Classics from 1953-1957, which were only sold in Japan, and motorcycles from 1959-1967 that were available in Canada.

The exhibit features a wide range from Early Classics, Cubs, Scramblers and Trail Bikes to Sports, Touring, Commuter and Specials. You can also see a small display of new bikes highlighting Honda’s latest technology along with a short film recapping the history of Honda and “The Power of Dreams”.

These motorcycles are part of an extensive private collection.

Motorcycle Ride to Reynolds is sponsored by Honda Canada Inc. and in partnership with Travel Alberta.

Victoria Settlement: Annual Potato Derby (August 21)

Victoria Settlement will be hosting the “Great Alberta Potato Derby”, which recognizes the vital significance of this humble tuber. When Rev. George McDougall and his family first arrived, stored potatoes were an important stored winter food…so we naturally celebrate the spud during the summer season.

The day begins with a historic Methodist church service at 11 a.m. in the 1906 building. The rest of the afternoon involves family-friendly potato-themed events such as a mashed potato eating contest, the fastest-longest peeling race, sack racing, potato bowling and of course…potato racing. Carve your own spud car and race it down Alberta’s only potato racing track.

Top off the afternoon with a free baked potato!

The Details:

When:  Sunday, August 21, 2015, 11 a.m. to 5 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. Friday to Monday through to Labour Day.

Admission:  $5 for adults, $14 for a family (pair of adults and children under 17), $2 for youth (ages 7-17) and $4 for seniors.  Children six and under are admitted free.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.  Cash Only, Regular Admission

Need more info?  Visit the website or Facebook or call 780-656-2333 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

Stephansson House: Harvest Fair and Quilt Show (August 21)

Stephansson House is celebrating its annual Harvest Fair and Quilt Show, offering good old-fashioned family fun and games. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy an afternoon filled with crafts and fun games, demonstrations (including blacksmithing), and plenty of artisanal wares to purchase from soaps to ceramics and jewellery. Be sure to bring pennies for the carnival games! (If you’re short, Stephansson House has pennies to purchase).

While you enjoy some refreshments – including Icelandic snacks, tasty rhubarb lemonade and boiled corn – be sure to check out the handiwork of the Spruce View Quilters, and peruse the wares from Purple Katz 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 $5 for adults, $2 for youths (ages 7-17), $4 for seniors, $14 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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