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Fort Macleod ready to host big weekend

Fort Macleod is ready to host one of its biggest weekends of the year.
The town will come alive Friday and Saturday, June 14-15 with a series of major events.
An antique and art sale, high school grad cap and gown ceremony, the A-T Walk for a Cure and the car show coincide over two days in Fort Macleod.
“That’s kind of a crazy weekend for Fort Macleod because there’s a lot of stuff going on,” Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Beusekom said.
Chamber members discussed the annual antique and art sale and show hosted by the Chamber at their June meeting Thursday at Scougall Motors.
Antique sale
The 18th annual Antique and Art Sale and Show runs from 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 14 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
Volunteers are needed for ticket sales, showing vendors to their booths, and taking food orders to the concession for vendors who are on their own.
Most of the set-up of tables and chairs is covered by volunteers from the Foothills Centre.
“I still need lots of volunteers,” Chamber administrative assistant Ashley Nelson said. “If people want to take a shift that weekend that would be superb.”
Anyone interested in volunteering or who wants more information can contact Ashley Nelson at 403-715-2125 or fmchamber1888@gmail.com.
A-T Walk for a Cure
Another Fort Macleod tradition continues Saturday, June 15 with the 20th annual A-T Walk for a Cure.
More than 100 people will gather at Hilltop Dairy north of Fort Macleod on Highway 811 for a five-kilometre fund-raising walk.
Money raised by the event funds research into Ataxia-Telangiectasia, a rare genetic disease that attacks children, causing progressive loss of muscle control, immune system problems, and a high rate of cancer.
Children with A-T rarely live beyond their teenage years.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the walk getting under way at 11 a.m.
An after party promises free hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, silent auction, pony rides and bounce houses for children.
Contact Conrad or Rhonda Van Hierden at 403-715-3087 or atcpcanada@gmail.com.
In conjunction with the A-T Walk for a Cure, the Hope With Every Pedal bike ride starts with registration at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16.
Cyclists will gather at Hilltop Dairy to cycle 83 kilometres to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and back.
There is also a 50-kilometre route.
Registration is $75, with all money going to A-T research.
Contact Brendan Grant at 403-627-8793 or bgrant8@telusplanet.net for information.
Car show and shine
The Checkmates Car Club has its motor running for the annual Car Show and Shine on Main Street.
The exhibition of vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Main Street is closed to other vehicle traffic from Second to Third avenues so people can walk and view the vintage vehicles.
The entries in the show and shine are judged with prizes awarded late in the day.
For information call Wayne Anderson at 587-220-1596 or Bill Jenkins at 403-715-2205 or e-mail fmcmates@gmail.com.
F.P. Walshe school
The Class of 2019 at F.P. Walshe school takes center stage at 6 p.m. Friday, June 14.
The annual cap and gown ceremony takes place in the school gymnasium.

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