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Heritage Day celebrates history on border

By August 4, 2022No Comments
Six-year-old Edwin had a blast making candles at Weaver Heritage Park on Monday afternoon. Taylor Weaver Meridian Source

 

It wouldn’t be summertime in the Border City without the annual celebration of Heritage Day, and this year didn’t disappoint as hundreds of area residents flocked to Weaver Heritage Park to take in the festivities.

Hosted by the Barr Colony Heritage Society, the Richard Larson Barr Colony Foundation and the Lloydminster Museum + Archives, Heritage Day celebrates and commemorates Lloydminster’s history and heritage.

The fun kicked off at 8 a.m. with a community pancake breakfast which ran until 10 a.m. and free family-friendly activities were hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Counc. Jason Whiting could be found flipping flapjacks on Monday morning with a little help from Christine Aalbers during the Border City’s annual Heritage Day celebration. Taylor Weaver Meridian Source

 

“Today we’re celebrating Heritage Day and the pioneers that came and forged the way for all of us living in Lloyd today,” said Beth Bernard, programmer for events with the Lloydminster + Archives.

“We’ve got lots of different activities, demonstrations, food trucks and all kinds of fun here at Weaver Park.”

The day’s family-friendly activities included block party games, candle making, carnival games, classic car display, crafts, a farmers’ market, and  food vendors. 

Also included were hands-on-heritage old-fashioned games and activities, heritage demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, a petting zoo, tours of Rendell House and a tractor display.

“We’ve had a great turnout today,” said Bernard. “We’re really happy with the weather as well because it wasn’t looking too good for a while, so it’s been a great day filled with lots of people having lots of fun in the park.”

Although the origin dates for Heritage Day aren’t exact, Bernard did notes research has shown minutes dating back to 1973. 

“In those days, I guess they did this on Canada Day, so it was the same kind of an event, but held on Canada Day. I think it was in 2012 that the event started taking place on Aug. 1.”

This year’s legacy sponsor is Newcart Contracting Ltd. and heritage sponsors include Bexson Construction Ltd., Capstone Denture & Implant Center, Harris Electric Lloydminster, Musgrave Agencies, Redhead Equipment, Richardson Pioneer, Sobeys Lloydminster, Stuart Wright, Synergy Credit Union, and Tim Hortons.