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Linking the Community Fest brings Airdronians together

Community Links' annual Linking the Community Festival encourages families to come together for an afternoon of fun activities. This year's event is set for Aug. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Nose Creek Park. File Photo/Rocky View Publishing

Linking the Community Festival, an annual event hosted by North Rocky View Community Links (NRVCL), seeks to bring Airdronians together by inviting residents to take part in the celebration.

“It’s an opportunity to build-up support, have folks come out, connect with other folks in the community and move forward in that connection,” said Linda Mackenzie, Community Links family counsellor.

The event will include games, activities and entertainment for all ages, Aug. 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Nose Creek Park.

According to Mackenzie, bringing the community together each year has had a positive impact on the city. She noted the event’s annual attendance is typically between 300 and 500 people.

“I’ve received, from different folks who have come and attended this event with us…[feedback that] they very much appreciate the event, they look forward to it and they have a lot of fun – it definitely means something to them,” she said.

The festival will feature live music by local artists of different genres to appeal to all ages, Mackenzie said. There will also be a beach-themed photo booth, free games and more. Entertainment will be provided by Finesse Magic, and free face painting will be offered by Jayn Jeffries Entertainment.

Popcorn and cotton candy – compliments of the Airdrie Lioness Club – will be available at the park, and, Mackenzie added, Mr. Mikes will be serving up Mike Burgers for a minimum $5 donation toward NRVCL programs, such as counselling, outreach, community development and family resources.

She said support through the event helps the organization achieve its mission to “promote strong individuals, strong families and strong communities.”

Mackenzie said she enjoys helping organize the festival and seeing community members come together.

“I think that’s important, because it definitely encourages and supports individuals, couples and families living in Airdrie. It’s an opportunity for folks to come out to [listen to] some music and [play] some games for the children,” she said.

“It’s important for community engagement, reaching out and connecting in the community.”

She added the event is an opportunity for residents to have fun in the middle of the work week.

“It’s nice to have something where you have an outing for the day that you can build some memories and, hopefully, have a really good experience,” she said.

“I’m very happy with this event. I’ve been on this committee for a number of years and it just continues to grow, and it’s so nice to see people out [in the community].”

In the event of poor weather conditions, she added, the festival will be moved to the NRVCL building, located at 125 Main Street.

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