The Stettler Town and Country museum was alive with laughter and delight as families from all across the county and surrounding communities descended on the 10-acre historical site to enjoy the annual afternoon Canada Day birthday bash on Friday, July 1.
The day featured tractor rides, face painting, fun and games, as well as tours through the museum’s many exhibits. At 2 p.m., the group gathered at the front of the museum to sing the national anthem and enjoy three different types of birthday cake.
The afternoon wore itself out with kids games behind the office on a green field, with children competing in clothesline races and potato sack races, to name a few.
The event brought in more people than last year, with about 425 people coming in through the gates, Karen Wahlund, museum director, said.
“I think it went very well,” she said. “People came and stayed throughout the whole day, even after we were technically closed.”
This year, the museum added a farm equipment demonstration to the list of activities, but Wahlund said people were more interested in the other activities. However, they’re not going to give up on the new idea just yet.
“It’s new,” she said. “It takes time for things to catch on.”