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New events mean fun for all at Doors Open and Heritage Festival
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Bellevue's Old Fashion Country Fair
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
A carnival spirit, a core of volunteers and the incorporation of orphaned Rum Runner Days events meant good times at the 9th annual Doors Open and Heritage Festival
The festival provided residents and visitors alike with food, fun and a snapshot into the region’s heritage.
“The reason this festival works is that there’s something different all the time,” said festival participant and guide Monica Field. “You can do anything you want as long as its heritage related.”
Field was giving guided tours of the Hillcrest cemetery and estimates that the number of visitors was comparable to last year’s festival.
“People are amazed by the history of the Crowsnest Pass,” she said. “It’s bringing people in. It’s making the Crowsnest Pass the place to go for the heritage weekend.”
The six-day festival featured a host of events with each focusing on a separate part of the community.
The Crowsnest Pass Boys and Girls Club kicked off the event on July 30 with the Taste of Crowsnest.
The wine, food and beer festival was held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Elk’s Hall in Blairmore. Most of the Pass’ eateries provided samples of their wares.
“The tastes of the Pass are unique because we have foods from many different places,” said event coordinator Deb Goldstein. “We have foods from all nations in Europe, Indian food, East Asian food and the North American assortments of hamburgers and pies.”
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Contributors included the Crowsnest Coffee Company and the Fernie Brewing Company.
Wendell Kisner provided live entertainment.
On July 31, Bellevue’s Old Fashion Country Fair featured musicians, artists and food vendors. Residents celebrated the event by dressing up prohibition era clothing.
The Hillcrest Mine Disaster 100th anniversary and the centennial of the outbreak of World War One were the focus of this year’s Booze and Bars Historical Bus Tour which made its way through the community on Aug. 1. The tour visited a host of establishments including the Hillcrest Miner’s Club and several Legions.
New to this years festival was the Duck Race and Children’s Festival, put on by the Crowsnest Pass Boys and Girls Club.
On Saturday August 3, at 3 p.m. almost 1700 rubber ducks were released into the Crowsnest River from the centre access bridge in Blairmore via frontend loader.
The ducks raced toward the east access bridge where about forty volunteers lined the riverbanks to ensure they didn’t float down to Frank.
The race represented the year’s largest fundraising event for the Crowsnest Boys and Girls Club.
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