This summer offered a wealth of exciting and memorable events that the community took part in and enjoyed.
Some of these events included the Canada Day celebrations, the Summer Sensation Beach Music Festival, Slide the City, the outdoor Summer Cinema Series and the Midway, making Sylvan Lake the perfect place to be.
Michelle Morrison, special events and program co-ordinator for the Town of Sylvan Lake’s Recreation and Culture department, said the events this summer were “awesome.”
“There were so many fun events happening in town,” Morrison said. “It was such a great summer for this community with a lot of events happening; a lot of people came out and enjoyed the events.”
Collaborations amongst the community, town and volunteers made the events run smoothly and everyone worked well together to make the events successful.
She had heard nothing but positive feedback of how awesome all the different events were.
“Lots of people came out with a lot of happy faces,” Morrison said.
Extensive planning is involved beginning months in advance, with some events taking close to a year to plan, as ensuring event activities are safe for the community to enjoy is a must.
“We really have to do a lot of pre-planning just to make sure they run smoothly and safely for the community and that they are a lot of fun,” Morrison said.
Planning includes an application process, with larger events approved by Town Council and smaller events approved by the Community Services Committee; the process can be quick or very lengthy depending on the event size.
“The summer music festival event took a lot of planning and the process to get that event was quite lengthy,” Morrison said. “For smaller events (like) community barbecues and all those types of events, you can get it approved a lot quicker.”
The community can now look forward to fall programs, some of which are starting up next week and others that begin at various times in the fall and run until Christmas.
Some of the events include the Spooktacular Extravaganza, Breakfast with Santa, Santa Clause Parade, Yuletide Festival, Zombie Walk and the Terry Fox Run.
Arts, dance, drama and hula hoop programs are also available and will begin next week.
A downloadable version of the town’s fall programs is available at http://www.sylvanlake.ca/programming/guide.html.