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July 19, 2016 12:00 AM

Heritage Day will be back on Aug. 1 at Weaver Park, where people can take in some old fashioned activities like rope making and blacksmithing. The event starts at 10 a.m with a pancake breakfast and is free admission.

Event celebrates our heritage

If you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you’re going.
That was the message from Leonard Long, chair of the Barr Colony Heritage Society, when asked why it’s important to hold events like Heritage Day, which takes place Aug. 1 at Weaver Park.
“It’s just to make people realize that this was our heritage,” he said.
“This is one day to come and celebrate that heritage of our community, and old time music throughout the day, and people just come out to see some of the older equipment that’s out on display and the museum is open the full day, free of charge.”
According to some provided literature, The Barr Colony Heritage Society is an organization of volunteers that restore old tractors, machinery and and other artifacts for the Lloydminster Museum.
Long said the group’s event is held on the holiday on purpose to give people who have to work, or just can’t afford to get away for the weekend, something to do.
The day starts at 10 a.m. with a pancake breakfast before people can head off and check out some old-timey demonstrations like blacksmithing and rope making, as well as the main event, an antique tractor parade.
Some of the other popular activities include wagon rides, paintings by St. Walburg artist Berthold Von Imhoff, and Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit, which claims to be the biggest collection of taxidermy made by one person in North America.
“Fuchs Wildlife, I remember seeing it when I was a kid north of Paradise Hill, still on the farm and the city purchased some of it and brought it in,” said Long.
“It’s stuffed animals of the area, and some outside, but mainly like a group of rabbits playing poker; there’s some unique stuff like deformed calves if you want to get into the nitty gritty of it.”
The Barr Colony Heritage Society is also looking for some funding to help with advertising Heritage Day and would acknowledge any contributions through signage at the event.
The group would also like help covering some of the costs like the onsite petting zoo they’ll have for the kids and would also mention sponsoring businesses during the day’s program portion.
So if you find yourself in town on the long weekend and are looking for something inexpensive to pass the time, head down to Weaver Park and checkout Heritage Day, after all, it’s being held just for you.

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