Prairie Gardens and Re/Max team for MFRC fundraiser

By staff

Bon Accord – There will be quite a bit of hot air at Prairie Gardens this weekend, but that hot air is not being expended by a certain sharped-tongued pirate known to haunt the popular tourist destination each year. The hot air will be filling the Re/Max balloon and hopefully filling the coffers of the Military Families Resource Centre (MFRC) of the Canadian Armed Forces Edmonton Garrison.

The iconic hot air balloon will be tethered at Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm’s corn maze from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 17, offering visitors an opportunity to ascend 20 feet in the air for a charitable donation of $10. The balloon, which can accommodate up to 2 passengers in addition to the pilot, rises up about 20 feet and hovers, then comes back down a few minutes later to give the next group a ride.

Canadian Armed Forces Base PSP Manager CFB/ASU Edmonton Troy Grant explained money raised by the event is going to support the Military Families Resource Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness programs for the benefit of and to support soldiers and their families associated with the Edmonton Garrison directly.

The fundraiser takes place during Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm’s Fall-o-Ween Family Fun Event, a celebration of the fall harvest that includes corn mazing, scarecrow making, face painting and other activities.

Prairie Gardens in located on Lily Lake Road just outside Bon Accord. For more information visit their website at

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