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Alberta Summer Games to feature non-sporting events for families

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 10:03 am

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While the sporting events are going to be the main focus of spectators attending the 2014 Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie from July 24 to 27, there will be a number of non-sporting activities to keep families entertained.

“One of the things that we wanted to do with the Summer Games was to keep the families in Airdrie when the events aren’t taking place,” said Alberta Summer Games Director of Culture Rob Lemorande.

“Obviously the parents, siblings, and grandparents will be here to watch little Johnny or Susie run and swim, but we want them to stay around Airdrie instead of travelling to CrossIron Mills (mall) or heading off to Calgary.”

“So we’ve teamed up with a number of places here in Airdrie to allow families to do things around town,” he added.

The Nose Creek Valley Museum, Iron Horse Park, and Airdrie Public Library will all be open throughout the Games for visitors, with each location having extended hours and different events taking place.

“In addition to the local artifacts that will be at the museum, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame will be sending items from their museum in Red Deer to have on display here,” Lemorande said.

“The library will be having a Family Fun Night on July 25 from 5 to 8:30 p.m., which will include board games, video games on the Nintendo Wii, movies, and more.”

“Plus, on July 26, the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds will be hosting the Ranch Hand Rodeo Competition, so people will have a chance to go there to watch that,” he added.

Also, the Bert Church Theatre will be playing host to theatrical performances on July 25 and 26 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., which will include the Nose Creek Players from Airdrie.

“We’ve noticed with the local performances here in Airdrie that we’ve had more and more young families coming out to the kids performances, and we’re hoping to see more of that during the Summer Games,” Lemorande said.

“This is an opportunity for both those in Airdrie and from all over Alberta to see what our community has to offer,” he added.

For more information about the cultural activities during the Alberta Summer Games, contact Lemorande at 403-988-7467 or visit


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