By Laura Balanko-Dickson
The Town of Taber recently announced their plans for Canada Day — a community scavenger hunt and the first annual Food Truck Festival.
“We’re starting Canada Day with a drive-thru pancake breakfast,” said Amy Allred, the Arts, Culture and Events co-ordinator for the town of Taber. “It starts at 9 a.m. in front of the Community Centre. We’re going to have pancakes, sausages and juice boxes in a drive-thru format.”
“It is first-come, first-served, with chefs from the Taber Fire Department,” said Allred.
After breakfast, there will be a flag-raising ceremony.
“We have a flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m. at the corner of 48 Avenue and Confederation Park, where the Canada flag is,” said Allred. “There will be a short ceremony with representation from the Eagle Spirit Nest community association and the Legion will be there.” The Taber Honour Guard Fire Department will also be there, as well as some special guests.
“From 4-7 p.m. we have our Farmers’ Market and food trucks at Confederation Park,” said Allred. “At 10:30 p.m. or at dusk, we’re going to be doing the fireworks again from the Golf Course. So, they’re going to be more of the high-flying fireworks. You can see them from Confederation Park and various residences around town. These are weather dependent.”
Allred added, ”I think it’s gonna be a really fun Canada Day. Exciting, obviously, it’s the first day restrictions are starting to be loosened and so we’re looking forward to celebrating.”
That’s not all that’s happening on Canada Day though. Between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., the Youth Do Crew and Taber Community Against Drugs have created a Canada Day scavenger hunt around downtown Taber. “You can sign up a team of up to six people, dress yourself up in your red and white attire, and take to the street to solve clues,” said Allred.
Teams that sign up will receive a list of clues and instructions sent to their e-mail at 9 a.m., the morning of Canada Day. To receive points, and hopefully become one of the four winning teams, contestants will need to send photos of their team at specific locations. Photos will not be used on social media and only judged by the Youth Do Crew to decide winners.
To register for this event, go to tabercanadadayscavengerhunt.eventbrite.ca. Because this is organized by the Youth Do Crew, any questions can be directed to Shannon Rawluk at 403-332-0629. There was also the announcement of Taber’s first annual Food Truck Festival. The Food Truck Festival is scheduled from 12 until 3 p.m. July 17 at Confederation Park.
“At the moment, we have nine food trucks confirmed,” said Allred. “We’ve got them set up all along, around the Administration Building, around Confederation Park for that day.”
“It’s going to be fun. I can’t wait to try them all,” said Allred. “Maybe not all in one day, it does seem like a lot.”
“Might be worth the challenge.”