The big weekend has arrived

We’d like to invite everyone to come out to Big Valley to help us celebrate our Centennial this August long weekend.

We’d like to invite everyone to come out to Big Valley to help us celebrate our Centennial this August long weekend.

Events get underway on Friday, Aug. 1 with registration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Jubilee Hall. The Elks’ beer garden opens at 1 p.m. with supper at 5 and a dance featuring live music by our own “Genuine Cowgirls” at 9 p.m. Come to the Heritage Marker unveiling at St. Edmunds at 7 p.m. or join the Hivernant Métis Cultural Society for an evening of music, dancing and storytelling at the Drop-in Centre.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, the day begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast at the Jubilee Hall hosted by the Big Valley 4-H Club. Kids can join us at Memorial Park for face painting as we await the start of the big Centennial Parade at 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 11:30 at the Train Station. Noon lunch will be hosted by the ladies of the Royal Purple at the Jubilee Hall. For the kids’ entertainment, the Big Valley Library and Friends of the Library Society will be hosting free Carnival games at Memorial Park between 1 and 4 p.m. while the Métis will be offering children’s games and crafts. Stop by the library for a free movie and popcorn beginning at 2 p.m. Join the Métis for crafts, contests and voyager games throughout the day. School reunions will be held at the Big Valley School from 2 to 4 p.m. For those who’d like to participate in a bit of a challenge, our Geocache Treasure Hunt will be ongoing all weekend. Once again, the Elks’ beer garden opens up at 1 p.m. Supper will be hosted by the Community Hall Board and at 9 p.m. the Elks bring you another chance to put on your dancing shoes and join them at the Jubilee Hall for live music featuring “Sentimental Journey”. A very special, huge fireworks display will begin at 11 p.m. across from the Train Station.

On Sunday, Aug. 3 start the day with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Big Tent south of the Train Station, courtesy of Alberta Prairie Steam. There will be a church service at the Drop-in Centre at 10 a.m. and then a free lunch at the Jubilee Hall courtesy of the Community Hall Board. The Métis Hivernant Talent Contest runs from noon till 4 p.m. at the Drop-in Centre. Again, there will be carnival games at Memorial Park from 1 to 4 p.m. and another movie at the library beginning at 2 p.m. Check out our museums, the trapper’s camp, historical displays and unique vendors. “Guns of the Golden West” will be performing in the village throughout the day. Make your way down to the Big Valley Arena for roast beef dinner at 5 p.m. and then join us as we wrap up our celebration weekend with our “Party of the Century” concert featuring “Lisa Hewitt” and “Last Resort” brought to you by the Big Valley Ag. Society.



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