Fête and bike tour make for full weekend

Three cyclists make their way along Hwy 642 in Morinville late Thursday afternoon. The riders were preparing for Sunday’s Tour de l'Alberta, an annual event that gave cyclists from Edmonton and surrounding area an opportunity to participate in a 185 kilometre, 100 km, 50 km or 20 km ride through scenic Sturgeon County. The annual sporting event also had a 5 km kid’s mini tour again this year. – Stephen Dafoe Photo

By Étienne Thevou

Legal – There’s plenty to do this weekend with a first rate festival and annual bike ride filling the weekend and the County with activity.

Francophone culture will be celebrated Friday and Saturday with Legal’s annual Fête au Village. Things kick off Friday night at 7 p.m. with the mini parade, an opportunity for the community’s youth to be front and centre as they ride up Main Street on bikes and other wheeled methods of travel. The mini parade will be followed by a variety of activities in Citadel Park beginning at 7:30 p.m. A ball tournament and chilli cook off are always popular attractions, but once again this year teams can compete in a tug of war competition. For $20 a team of three men and three women can compete in the Servus Credit Union sponsored event. There will also be children’s activities Friday night in the park.

Saturday’s activities get underway bright and early at 6:45 a.m. with the Fun Run, Walk or Ride event which offers a 3 km and 5 km route for local exercise enthusiasts. Registration can be done by calling 780-961-2213.

Runners and others can then participate in the Lions Pancake breakfast running from 7 to 9:30 a.m., getting their fill before the big parade at 10:30 a.m.

There will be plenty of activities throughout the remainder of the morning for kids and adults, certainly plenty of things to do to fill the time until the demolition derby at 2:30 p.m.

A roast beef supper with all the trimmings will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the park at a cost of $12, $15 including desert.
The evening’s entertainment will run from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. and will be provided by Oil City Sound Machine and other performers. The entertainment will be punctuated by the annual fireworks display set to go off after dark.

Admission to Saturday’s activities is $3 with children under 12 admitted for free.

Tour de l’Alberta

Citadel Park in Legal will not be limited to Fête this weekend. It is also one of the rider break stops for the annual Tour de l’Alberta, set to depart from Morinville’s Ray McDonald Sports Centre beginning at 7 a.m. The annual event gives cyclists from Edmonton and surrounding area an opportunity to participate in a 185 kilometre, 100 km, 50 km or 20 km ride through scenic Sturgeon County. The annual sporting event also had a 5 km kid’s mini tour again this year. Details on participating in this year’s tour or departure times for spectator viewing can be found at http://www.tourdalberta.ca/.

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