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September 20, 2016 12:00 AM

FAMILY FUN Harvest Festival is back on Sept. 24 and will offer some free food and free events for the whole family as well as activities like bouncy houses, a petting zoo and horse rides all afternoon. FILE LLS PHOTO

Given the economy and the impending winter, what better way to get out with the family than Harvest Festival, a free event that offers possibly one of the last chances to enjoy the outdoors before the snow flies.
The event, hosted by the City of Lloydminster and Bioclean Aquatic Centre, has something to offer everyone, with a list of events, vendors and entertainment that’s sure to be a great way to kill a Saturday afternoon.
“It’s a great opportunity to see some of the different home based businesses we have and just a good opportunity to come spend some time with your family before it gets cold outside,” said April McCloud, recreation programmer at Bio Clean Aquatics Centre.
“We’re going to have bouncy houses, face painting, mascots, crafts, Chicken John’s Petting Zoo and we’re also going to have a hay maze, wagon rides, then we have the Prairie Dogs performing three shows at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. as well as Moonlight Photography will be doing Fall Family Photos.”
The second annual event takes place on Sept. 24 from noon until 5 p.m. and will also feature free cooking classes for kids courtesy of Delish Eats and Treats, where youngsters can learn how to make fresh pasta.
The Lloydminster and District Co-op is hosting a free barbecue that day with free baked goods for anyone who shows up hungry, Big Brothers/Big Sisters is doing a corn roast by donation and Tim Hortons is giving way free coffee and hot chocolate to keep the hands warm.
With the state of the times, which has many in the area tightening their belts, all the freebees Harvest Festival is dishing out should make for an attractive weekend activity.
“Especially being able to provide the food for free and the cooking class, it just gives people a good stress free opportunity to come spend time with their family and not have that added pressure of fees and costs and things like that associated with spending time as a family at events,” said McCloud.
The weather at last year’s inaugural run was a bit frosty, seeing volunteers wrapped in blankets and children taking to the bouncy houses in their parkas, and though McCloud still considered it a success, she’s hoping for warmer temperatures this time around and plans to make Harvest Festival bigger and better every year.
To keep up to date on the event, those interested are encouraged to visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1366284710050084.

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