The first ever Grande Prairie Children’s Festival will be kicking off this Thursday. Before that, an opening ceremony is being held Wednesday, May 24th at the Heritage Museum in Muskoseepi Park at 4:00 pm. The ceremony will include a prayer from an elder.
Founder of the festival Aum Nicol says it has been a long time coming but it is exciting to finally get to the event.
“We have already started planning the performers for next year. This is for kids. Anything for kids makes it an opportunity to nurture our community builders for the future.”
Although Thursday and Friday sessions during the day are for the teacher’s to take their students, there is a community event Thursday evening at Teresa Sargent Hall. Tickets are available at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre. It is called Families at the Festival.
Performers for the evening event include Peter Puffin, Mr. Rayz, Peter and Mary, Jack Grunsky, and Gilbert Parent. It is free for 3 years old and under, 12 and under are $5 and anyone over 13 will cost $8 to attend.
The two day event will be busy with sessions held around the downtown at places like the Centre for Creative Arts and Montrose Cultural Centre. Volunteers are still needed for many stations. Gail Sherman is the Volunteer Coordinator and she can be contacted at 780-831-8676.
Nicol explains that there is already plans in the works for the next Grande Prairie Children’s Festival. Before that planning ramps up, she has plans to spend time with her husband.
“I am feeling tired with long nights and early mornings, but the butterflies have been here for weeks.”
A full list of information and events can be found on the Grande Prairie Children’s Festival website.