Falher’s 100 anniversary celebrations and its annual Honey Fest got off to an auspicious beginning at the opening ceremonies at the Centre Chevaliers on June 14.
However, other events related to the centennial celebration took place on Thursday June 13 including a collaborative project between Falher Public Library and Society Genealogique called “100 Years of History,” that presented archival material at a Library open house.
“Falher’s Community Pillars,” a meet and greet with former mayors and councilors of the town took place at the Log Cabin also on June 14.
Other attractions and events that took place prior to the opening ceremonies on Friday evening, were the Falher 100 Race, a baseball tournament and traditional games at the Club Allouette.
The opening ceremonies also included a honey inspired dinner and music by local musician Joel Lavoie.
The Beer garden at the Curling Rink opened at 7pm and ran until 3am with entertainment provided by DJDK, the DK standing for Dillon Kelly, a sound engineer, composer and DJ.
The “Midnight Swim,” took place at Falher Regional Swimming Pool from 7pm to midnight.
Saturday morning started with a pancake breakfast from 7.30am to 9.30 with the pivotal attraction the Honey Fest and Centennial Parade getting underway around 10am.
With the Honey Fest and Centennial Celebrations joining forces, this year’s parade was an elaborate, colourful event, with an impressive number of floats representing local municipalities, businesses and organizations some coming from Peace River to help Falher celebrate its 100 anniversary.
Due to an enthusiastic response to Pokey’s Bulling Riding last year, the bull riding outfit returned this year putting on their show at the Falher Recreation Complex.
Local politicians also participated in the festivities, including Central Peace-Notley MLA, Todd Loewen and Peace River / Westlock Conservative MP, Arnold Viersen.
This year’s Show & Shine displayed a wide variety of meticulously restored vintage cars and trucks, which added to the exciting spectacle on Main Street.
The midway rides kept the kids and some adults screaming with a mixture of fright and enthusiasm.
The Honey Fest and Centennial Celebrations left no empty spaces in the schedule with numerous sideshows such as Falher’s Got Talent and Bee Beard put on by Sanchez Honey.
With hot, sunny weather throughout the four days of the festival and with an inexhaustible variety of events and attractions to keep everyone interested and entertained, this year’s Honey Fest and 100 Year Celebrations appeared to be an unqualified success.