Gearing up for 55-Plus Games Festival
In less than a month, seniors from across the province will be in Drumheller for an Alberta 55-Plus Games Festival.
Member of the organizing committee, Linda Traquair, has been busy working on the games and says so far they are seeing great numbers signing up for the unique event.
“We have roughly 350 registrants to date,” said Traquair. “There was a time when we thought we could be as low as 100, but people have really come forward.”
The event takes place September 29 to October 1, and features some of the less physical games and includes everything from snooker, to floor shuffleboard, carpet bowling and bocce.
This year they are also hosting pickleball.
“This year they said the local committee can add one or two sports which they have facilities for, so we added pickleball,” she said.
This sport, which has been growing across the country, has a strong following in Drumheller. Traquair is excited that Drumheller is able to host the game.
The action begins on Thursday night, September 29, with registration and a barbecue, followed by opening ceremonies, which are open to the public.
The competition starts up Friday morning.
There is a strong contingent of entries in the creative arts, which will be open for viewing at the BCF Friday.
"There are 25 paintings and 30 photographs to be judged,” she said.
On Friday night, there will be a banquet catered by Ber- nie and the Boys and featuring Richard and Deborah Popovich with their unique brand of musical entertainment.
“They perform on the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions in Stettler,” said Traquair of the Popovich's.
Medals in the creative arts and creative writing will be presented.
On Saturday, the games will continue with closing ceremonies in the afternoon.
Drumheller is playing host to the Alberta 55-Plus Games Festival from September 29 to October 1. The local pickleball group is helping to add the event to the Festival.