Water festival making a splash for 16th year
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 06:00 am
The Chestermere Water Festival returns to John Peake Park July 22, offering a wide range of activities both on and off the lake.
“It’s our biggest summer festival. It’s all about celebrating our community on the lake,” Nancie Huneault, events co-ordinator with the City of Chestermere, said. “We like to celebrate that we’re unique that way.”
Last year’s weather forced the first cancellation for the festival since it was created more than a decade ago.
“It was quite disappointing, but (cancelling) was probably the best call at the time,” Huneault said. “We’re really looking forward to a good attendance this year.”
In its 15th edition, the festival is centred around the 4.8-kilometre-long Chestermere Lake. According to information from the City of Chestermere, the lake was previously a wetland before it was used as an irrigation system and filled with water in 1905.
While the lake is still used as an irrigation reservoir, the festival is about celebrating the recreational joy it offers the city’s residents.
Water Ski Wakeboard Alberta (WASA) is hosting a wakeboarding competition to start the day off. While registration costs $30 for those brave enough to fight the waves, it’s free to watch competitors pull off crazy tricks from the safety of the shore.
Captain Jack will return to the EPCOR Kids Fun Zone this year, in addition to other activities like face painting, obstacle courses, a bouncy castle and super slide.
A variety of food trucks and vendors will set up shop at the park until 4 p.m. Ducks for the Annual Rubber Duck Race supporting Synergy can be purchased at the market during this time.
Lake tours will run every 20 minutes until 4 p.m. for $5 per person and donations will be accepted for the Chestermere Food Bank.
Organized by the Chestermere Lions Club, the beer gardens run from 1 to 11 p.m., starting at the same time the Summer Music Showcase kicks off. This year’s musical line up brings a wide range of talent and established musicians from the surrounding area.
From Jason Hastie and The Alibi to Blacksmith Jones, bluesy country rock will fill the park during the day, peppering the crowd before the Kirby Sewell Band headlines the night with their award-winning sound.
“We have a great line up of music on the stage and what’s so great about the event is that it’s all-inclusive, it’s free,” Huneault said.
The fireworks will go off at approximately 10:30 p.m. to end the event.
For more information, visit chestermere.ca/653/Water-Festival