Free museum admission attracts visitors


JULIE BERTRAND/Independent reporter

While there were many activity options on July 1, quite a few residents decided to head out to Stettler Town and Country Museum, which was celebrating Canada Day with free admission.

Families could learn about Stettler’s history, enjoy a ride on the mini-train, partake in family games and eat hot dogs while enjoying the great weather.

“There was very close to 400 people if not just over,” said Karen Wahlund, museum manager.

“The museum has been holding a free admission day on July 1 for the past six years straight.”

The event was a success, which made the museum staff very happy.

“We ran out of wieners, twice. After the second time, we just stopped,” said Wilda Gibbon, museum curator.

“You can only go so far with that.”

At 1 p.m., everybody gathered round to sing O Canada and eat cake.

The museum staff innovated this year by adding kids games to the program.

“The little kids had a ball. There were games and different races for them in the afternoon,” said Gibbon.

There were also prizes at the end of each game.

“We always try to add something new every year,” concluded Wahlund.