Lancer readies for busy Chokecherry Festival

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The 42nd annual Lancer Chokecherry Festival features a full schedule of activities for the October 5 to 7 celebration.

Events begin on Oct. 5 with a celebration kickoff featuring a free BBQ lunch sponsored by Innovation Credit Union from noon to 1 p.m. Day one wraps up with a Texas Hold-em Tournament, with registration starting at 6:30 p.m., cards starting at 7:30 p.m. (for info on the tournament contact 689-2993 or 689-2925).

Oct. 6 is the busiest day of the festival, with events running from 8 a.m. to past midnight.

A registration table will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be charged for the pancake breakfast served from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Community Hall. Souvenirs, jams, jellies and syrup are available at the Lancer Hall between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Lancer 4-H Club will host a show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ball diamonds. A craft sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. upstairs at the Lancer United Church. A Food Fair will operate from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Hall. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m., and visitors can also view a blacksmithing demonstration on the north side of the Community Hall during the afternoon. A kids carnival will be hosted in the Lancer United Church basement from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The popular horseshoe tournament begins with registration at 2:30 p.m., with the tractor pull also scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. The Lancer Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will open the following day by request. The busy day wraps up with a dance featuring the band So Hard Done By from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Community Hall.

The final day of events on Oct. 7 begins with an interfaith church service at 11 a.m. from the Lancer Community Hall. A potluck lunch will be hosted at the Community Hall immediately following the service. Registration for the trap shoot will be taken between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and more information about this event is available by phoning 689-2993.

Festival 2012 is a tribute to Ralph Bradford and is also a celebration of Canada's 145th year.

An evening of classic country music wraps up the Festival, with a quartet of performers scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. show at the Community Hall. The concert headliner is Frank Michell, with performances also scheduled from Myshel Pajuaar, Mark Penner and Glenna Switzer. Michell has performed extensively across Western Canada, playing the bands such as Country Cousins, Coast-Line and Plainsmen, and he has opened for Prairie Oyster and Gary Fjellgaard. Pajuaar, a former winner of the Living Sky Idol, has continued earning recognition for her performing, teaming up with bandmates in The Midnight Roses to win The 2012 Next Big Thing country talent competition. Both Penner and Switzer and singers/songwriters who are active members of the Southwest Country Music Association, having performed extensively across the region.

Additional information about any of the Chokecherry Festival events is available by contacting Eileen Hartman at 689-2908 or the Lancer Village office at 689-2925.

Geographic location: Lancer

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