Gear­ing up for 55-Plus Games Fes­ti­val

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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.

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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.

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