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Busy weekend in the Foothills

Events show off Foothills, raise money for charities

There is nothing like a staycation now and then.

Organizations from across the Foothills and the Town of Okotoks have set a plethora of activity to allow residents to stay close to home for the weekend.

Although it will cause plenty of mileage — miles and smiles — for community media outlets, it will provide family entertainment all within Okotoks or the surrounding area. The festivities will range from the finest in food and beverages at the Off the Vine Winefest in Okotoks on Aug. 17 to get-your-motors-running events like the Rally 4 Hospice and the Okotoks Show ‘n’ Shine with vehicles from vintage to sporty park at Olde Towne Okotoks.

Meanwhile, the smaller communities are getting into the act.

The Priddis-Millarville Fair Aug. 17-18 is a reminder that there is life outside of the big city.

It’s a focus on rural living, focusing on the best from the area has to offer in regards to growing vegetables, art work, baking and all things that make the so-called slower lifestyle appealing (nothing says country like a rooster-crowing competition or a pie-eating contest).

Meanwhile Longstock in Longview features musical talent from across the Foothills — talent that may not always get exposure.
There are also activities at Chinook Honey Company and Chinook Arch Meadery as part of Alberta Open Farm Days, which the Millarville fair is also participating in. These are  just a few events happening in the area.

They all have one thing in common. Each event is promoting some of the finest the Foothills has to offer and is encouraging visitors to see and spend time – and money – in the area.

It is also done with heart.

Many of the events are fundraisers.  Money will be raised for Kinsmen causes, such as the Okotoks Food Bank, through the organizations’ efforts. Sounds like the perfect reason to spend some time in the Foothills this weekend.