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Heritage Park Turns 60: Celebrate at the Best. Birthday Party. Ever.

On July 1, 2024, from 10 am to 5 pm, Heritage Park invites you to revel in the festivities of their 60th Birthday Celebration at the Best. Birthday Party. Ever.

Since July 1, 1964, Heritage Park has been a community staple for showcasing Western Canadian heritage. On July 1, they are excited to honour six decades of memories and milestones with a day filled with excitement and nostalgia as they pay tribute to their rich history. From the nostalgic charm of all your favourite attractions to the sweet indulgence of complimentary birthday cake—every moment promises to be unforgettable.

Don't miss the parade around the Village Square at 11 am, and celebratory Spike Drive Ceremony at 11:30 am.  Groove to the tunes of local talents with live concerts by Country Music Alberta's two-time Horizon Female Artist of the Year Mariya Stokes at 1 and 2:15 pm and 2024 Alberta Country Music Youth Horizon Award winner Hayley Isabel at 3 pm.  Enjoy performances by the Chinook Country Line Dancers, Balzac Kitchen Party String Band and the Watâga Dance Troupe.

Engage in friendly competition with old-fashioned family lawn games or let your creativity soar with kids' crafts. And don't forget to hop aboard a wagon ride through the Park's scenic trails for a leisurely journey through time. As a special treat, the first 1,000 guests through the Park gates will receive a free mini butter tart!

Don't miss the chance to be part of history in the making as you celebrate 60 fabulous years of Heritage Park and the enduring spirit of Western Canadian heritage.

Prepare for a Day of Fun!

Heritage Park’s 60th Anniversary Parade

Find a good spot to sit down and watch the 60th Birthday parade as it goes around the Village Square!
Time: 11 – 11:20 am | Location: Around Village Square

60th Birthday Spike Drive Ceremony

Watch as a commemorative rail spike will be driven into the railway track to signify the Park’s 60th year!
Time: 11:30 am – 12 pm | Location: Midnapore Station

Complimentary Birthday Cake Served

Sing happy birthday to Heritage Park and be one of the 600 guests to receive a free piece of birthday cake!
Time: 12 – 2 pm | Location: Midnapore Station

Mariya Stokes

Enjoy Country Music Alberta's two-time Horizon Female Artist of the Year, Mariya Stokes, known for her quick wit, quirky sense of humour and signature retro style.
Performance Times: 1 – 1:45 pm and 2:15 – 3 pm | Location: Didsbury Bandstand.

Hayley Isabel

A singing sensation with a heart of gold and a voice that’ll knock your socks off! This pint-sized powerhouse won the 2024 Alberta Country Music Youth Horizon Award.
Performance Time: 3 pm | Location: Didsbury Bandstand.

Nifty Fifty’s Ford Club Antique Car Display

Come check out the fins and chrome on these beauties, courtesy of the Nifty Fifty’s Ford Club.
Time: 10 am – 5 pm | Location: Montefiore Institute

Old-Fashioned Family Games

Challenge your family and friends to a three-legged race, egg-in-spoon race, or tug of war.
Time: 12 – 5 pm | Location: In Celebration Field near Eugene Coste Park

Watâga Dance Troupe

Enjoy a performance of traditional singing, drumming, and dance. This is a show you’ll long remember.
Performance Time: 12:15 – 12:45 pm | Location: Didsbury Bandstand

Children’s Crafts

Make a beaver puppet or birthday cake headband! Enjoy colouring pages and word searches.
Time: 12 – 5 pm | Location: Didsbury Bandstand

Chinook Country Line Dancers

You’ll be tapping your toes as you watch this multiple-award-winning, dynamic YYC dance group.
Time: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm | Location: Green space across from the Wainwright Hotel

Calgary Police Service Pipe Band

This group of volunteers strive to be the premier show and competition Pipe Band in Canada and are good-will ambassadors for the Calgary Police Service and the City of Calgary. 
Time: 12:30 – 12:45 pm | Location: Green space across from the Wainwright Hotel.

Balzac Kitchen Party String Band

Hang out on the grass and enjoy this eclectic group of musicians, playing a blend of Celtic, old-time, traditional western and folk music.
Times: 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm | Location: Green space across from the Wainwright Hotel.

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