Over 500 attendees came out to West Stettler Park to celebrate Canada’s birthday last week, with Lee Penner, director of parks and leisure services, saying that this year had the best attendance they’ve had in a long time.
The town celebrations included birthday cake and music by local band Domino, who entertained the crowd with lively songs and energy onstage that belied the heat.
“We love playing in Stettler,” said Domino member Luanne Carl. “Canada Day is one of our favourite gigs to play because we’re home, all our friends and family come out, and it’s just a great way to celebrate our country, so this is definitely one of our favourite ones.”
Penner said the town has had best success with local bands, and that Domino really likes having that gig.
The day started with a Canada Day Fun Run, where participants could choose to run for 10 km., 5 km., 2.5 km., or 1 km. and enjoy a pancake breakfast afterwards. A portion of every fee went toward the Stettler food bank.
The museum also got in on the festivities, with free admission and activities for the kids as they learned about local history.
The Stettler Scouts provided hot dogs at West Stettler Park, along with information about the organization, which needs volunteers. A concession provided treats, including cotton candy.
Kids at the event seemed to heed the Stettler Board of Trade’s challenge to climb Mount Stettler, where groups of children could be seen at the summit throughout the celebration.
Domino played until 11 p.m., where the day was – of course – capped off with a beautiful fireworks display.
Penner said he wouldn’t do anything different for the celebration next year.
“We seem to get the best success with that,” he said.