The arrival of June means Crossfield is getting set to host another exciting edition of Pete Knight Days – a vibrant community celebration that brings together residents and visitors alike with a parade, rodeo, and overall party atmosphere.
The two-day festivities will kick off June 9 with a community breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Crossfield and District Community Centre. The Town of Crossfield will be serving up food to energize participants for the exciting weekend ahead.
As the anticipation builds, locals are eagerly preparing for the multiple activities that will be on display, a highlight of which is the annual Pete Knight Days Parade. Scheduled for June 10, the parade promises to provide a spectacular display of creativity and Canadian pride. The procession of floats will kick off at 11 a.m., starting at the fire hall located on Railway Street and Limit Avenue and heading south down Railway Street.
This year's parade will follow a captivating theme: "Canadian Proud," showcasing the nation's diverse heritage and accomplishments.
Organizers of the parade have been working tirelessly to ensure a memorable experience for everyone involved. Lani McLeod, executive director at the Crossfield Chamber of Commerce, is one of the volunteers coordinating the event. Her dedication to the town is evident in the meticulous planning that has gone into making this year's parade a resounding success.
“We’ve been having lots of meetings and brainstorming. We’re trying to get some entries so we can make the parade as successful as we can for the viewers,” McLeod said. “We are working closely with the Town.”
As the procession winds its way along Crossfield’s main downtown drag, spectators will be treated to an array of colourful floats, lively music, and enthusiastic participants. Families, friends, and neighbours will gather along the route, cheering and waving as the parade showcases Crossfield’s community spirit and unity.
“We have some of our local youth groups like the Crossfield Minor Hockey Association, we have some of our local businesses, [as well as] Town representatives including our mayor and council,” McLeod said.
In addition to the parade, there will be a host of other activities for attendees to enjoy throughout the day. The Crossfield Rodeo – a staple of Pete Knight Days – will be held at the Crossfield Rodeo Grounds at 1 p.m.
the rodeo is the perfect activity for Pete Knight Days, considering Knight – one of Crossfield’s most famous former residents – was an esteemed rodeo champion.
For those seeking a taste of local flavours, the farmer's market at the community centre will be open from noon to 4 p.m., offering an assortment of fresh produce and handmade crafts.
Meanwhile, Crossfield Baptist Church invites everyone to enjoy a picnic in Banta Park from noon to 2 p.m., free of charge.
Later that evening, event-goers are invited to a lively community dance featuring live music from ‘The Scarecrows’ starting at 9 p.m. Admission to the dance is included with the rodeo ticket or available at the door for $20.
Capping the weekend off in an ideal manner, fireworks displays are scheduled at 11 p.m that evening.
Pete Knight Days is a cherished tradition in Crossfield, embodying the town's spirit and celebrating its heritage. The parade serves as a vibrant centrepiece, bringing residents and visitors from near and far.
“We are hoping lots of people will come out from the area, we are hoping for great weather and it’s just a great chance to get together and celebrate everything that Crossfield has to offer,” McLeod said.