The Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival is an annual festival that celebrates agricultural heritage and showcases the arts & culture of our lively, vibrant and diverse community. This event typically runs over 3 days at the end of September & runs in conjunction with National Culture Days and Alberta Culture Days. Challenges created by Covid-19 forced us to take a big leap out of our comfort zone.

The Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival is an annual event that celebrates Lacombe’s lively and vibrant heritage and showcases the arts & culture of our diverse community. In 2020, health restrictions created by Covid-19 challenged us to revamp our activities and schedule from our traditional festival events.

This led to creating events and activities that allowed people to participate at a level of their comfort, including from the safety of their home. The Mary C. Moore Public Library held their very first living library, where participants could book one on one chats with some intriguing people. Chat times could be booked and attended online or in-person at the Lacombe Memorial Centre in a well spaced, socially distanced meeting room.

The City of Lacombe held a beautiful outdoor ceremony to unveil their latest public art display, ‘Miweyihtowin’, (Mae-we-toe-win). The sculpture was created by Tessa Potts & Eileen Firingstoney,  two welding students, from the Mamawi Atosketan Native School in Ponoka along with the help of Michael Willing, their Vice-Principal and instructor. First Nations dancers completed the ceremony with blessings and traditional grass and bird dances.

              

The City of Lacombe also held a sidewalk chalk contest. The City of Lacombe gave away boxes of sidewalk chalk, and entrants were encouraged to create sidewalk chalk art including positive messages out side of the city’s local senior care facilities.

The Lacombe Ag Grounds were able to create a safe flow of traffic allowing most of the annual events to continue. Events at the Ag Ground included live chainsaw carving demonstrations, Central Alberta Woodworkers & Woodturners Guilds Exhibits & Demos, Fused Glass Art Display,  Lacombe Lapidary Guild Exhibit and Demonstrations, Old Time Threshing Demonstrations, and Lacombe Vintage Machinery Club Museum self guided tours.

   
             

Downtown Lacombe festival participants were invited to join mural tours, and heritage buildings tours led by Lacombe Historical Society staff & volunteers. These tours were complimented by two scavenger hunts , and live demonstrations at Alberta’s oldest operating Blacksmith shop in downtown Lacombe.

 

From the comfort of their homes festival participants had access to our first Cultural Cooking tutorials. Learning how to make glums wareneki, butter chicken, masala tea, jolly rice, tomato basil, one pan pasta, kare kare, aguacate rellenous, and more. These videos continue to be available on our YouTube channel. With the help of some generous sponsors we also made free activity kits available with the tutorials for those kits, also available for viewing on our Youtube channel.

   

We encourage you to check out all of these videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

 

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