story by Patricia Merrick
Nothing brings Crossfield residents together like community events. The Town of Crossfield plans a variety of events throughout the year, which makes for a healthy, united community.
“With the encouragement received by the residents who continually support these events with their attendance, the rec department has been able to expand on and even introduce new programs and events to our citizens,” said Eris Latham, the town’s recreation and events co-ordinator.
Traditional, annual events include the Pumpkin Hunt, Winter Wonderland, Twinklefest, New Year’s Gala, Community Fest and Family Day festivities.
“Others are fresh to the department and are quickly becoming staples in the rec scene, including the brand new seniors’ trips, an element that had been largely unexplored in Crossfield,” Latham said. “With new ideas being discussed regularly, as well as valuable input from the community, the Crossfield rec and events department is picking up momentum with no plans to slow its pace.”
Events planned for this year include a summer seniors’ trip in June and a summer rec youth program from July 2 to Aug. 30.
Various community organizations also put on events throughout the year. The Crossfield Farmers’ Market kicks off with a spring market April 6 and runs again every Thursday from June to September, along with a monthly beer garden. A special market is put on each year at Christmas time as well.
Pete Knight Days, which is Crossfield’s annual rodeo event, runs June 7 and 8 this year and will include a variety of rodeo performances as well as a community parade, pancake breakfast and demolition derby.
The Crossfield Women in Business Conference is being held May 29 this year. Crossfield’s Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual charity golf tournament June 14 while Canada Day events will kick off June 27. Community Fest is set for Sept. 4, which gives residents a chance to see what organizations are in town so they can register for programs or volunteer for community boards.
A fall seniors’ trip is planned for Sept. 20 and the Crossfield Chamber of Commerce will host its annual business awards gala during Small Business Week in October. The annual Pumpkin Hunt will take place Oct. 25 while Winter Wonderland will be held Dec. 7. Twinklefest will follow on Dec. 13 and the New Year’s Gala is scheduled for Dec. 31.
“The objective of Crossfield rec is to maintain the existing small town sense of community that our veteran residents have allowed us to harbour, while also further developing a true sense of belonging and unity for our ever-expanding populace,” Latham said. “With fun, safe, family-oriented events and programs, as well as events directed toward our senior demographic, Crossfield will continue to grow not only in size but also in solidarity.”