Excitement is building for this year’s rendition of Bashaw Hometown Days, described as a full-fledged community celebration that is packed with family-friendly activities.
Bashaw Hometown Days runs Aug. 25-26.
“We start planning in April,” said Stacey Trombley, president of the Bashaw & District Chamber of Commerce.
Hometown Days, which is now in its third year, is planned largely by the Chamber and the Bashaw Resource Centre.
“I love the idea of people just coming together — Bashaw is a great community and I think it’s so great that we can open the doors and have people come in and enjoy the town and enjoy the day,” she said. “There’s that sense of community that I really love about Bashaw.
“It’s a really sweet town,” she added. “So this is truly a celebration of the town and the community.”
Things kick off on Friday at 4 p.m. with the Bashaw Farmers Market and the Bashaw Chamber BBQ.
A family dance runs at the Community Centre from 5 to 7 p.m. to be followed by the Bashaw’s Got Talent Competition which starts at 7:30 p.m.
A DJ dance begins at 9 p.m. and the Friday night fun wraps up with fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday highlights include a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Bashaw Fire Hall.
A three-on-three basketball tournament starts at 9 a.m. at the Bashaw School, and there will also be a pickleball tournament at the tennis courts beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The Bashaw Hometown Days parade starts out from the arena at 11 a.m.
A BBQ kicks off at noon supported by Bashaw Meats, Bashaw Community Church, the Majestic Theatre, and the Bashaw Legion.
Next up is the Main Street Festival starting at 1 p.m.
All kinds of fun family activities will be ongoing through the afternoon, said Trombley, including the Junior Firefighter Challenge, the Bashaw Show & Shine, the Art Show and Flea Market, and the Greenspace Beer Garden & Market among many others.
Starting at 6 p.m. is ‘Summer Slam – Real Canadian Wrestling’ at the arena, followed at 8 p.m. with the End of Summer Rock ‘n Roll live band at the Bashaw Community Centre.
Trombley said that over the years, there have been plenty of visitors who drop by to check out the activities, too.
“The influx of people that have come by over the last few years has been shocking to all of us,” she said. “We’ve always had really good feedback, including from those who say, ‘We were just passing through and we saw the event’. They wondered what was going on, and they stayed and took it in!
“That’s also what I like about it.”
For updates and a complete listing of the event’s activities, find ‘Bashaw Hometown Days’ on Facebook.