Tracy Gardner with the Olds Regional Exhibition feels quite strongly their volunteer committee will be excited to talk about a potential third edition of the Olds Beer Festival - especially given the overwhelming attendance success this year and the support from the vendors.
The 2017 Olds Beer Festival saw about a 400 per cent increase in visitors over the inaugural edition.
Tracy Gardner with the Olds Regional Exhibition says more 400 people attended the Saturday, June 24th event at the Cow Palace.
From their ticket sales, she notes it drew visitors from north of Red Deer to south of Calgary and showed a really good level of support from the Central Alberta region.
Gardner attributes the increase to three factors.
She says 15 vendors participated.
The inclusion of wine & spirits was a big hit this year, according to Gardner.
What did she like best about this year's Olds Beer Fest?
How did the ORE's new commercial kitchen capabilities add to the event's success?
If there are proceeds from the Olds Beer Festival where do they go? Will there be proceeds?
Gardner was asked will there be an Olds Beer Fest 3?
Gardner says in event production you are always looking at ways to elevate and enhance the experience. So as far as changes for the future go they will continue to find ways to promote, continue to find ways to engage their customers with the vendors and think about a potential evening activity for the Olds Beer Fest that captures a cabaret feel.
About 30 community members attended the Coffee with the Olds RCMP event on Wednesday, January 22nd at the Olds Auction Mart Cafe. Town of Olds Councillor Heather Ryan thought it was a valuable opportunity for the public to hear from local police and ask questions.
The Mountain View Colts will host the Ponoka Stampeders for their annual Rural Alberta Ride For Dad charity game on Saturday, January 25th at 8pm at the Didsbury Memorial Complex. Fans are encouraged to come out and make a donation or bid on one of the silent auction items.
A 30 year old male from Saanich, B.C. has succumbed to his injuries and was declared deceased at the scene after Beiseker RCMP received a complaint of a firearms related injury in Rocky View County on Thursday, January 23rd.
Of the 7270 eligible voters in the town of Olds, 1047 cast ballots in the municipal by-election to fill the one vacant spot on Olds council. Mitch Thomson is now officially the winner of the by-election with 349 votes and he will become the town's newest councillor.
The first Gowns for Grad date is Saturday, January 25th from 11am until 4pm. Students who will be part of the class of 2020 can try on items and pick out the ones they want to keep. There is no charge. Other Gowns for Grad dates are set for January 29th from 7 until 9pm and February 8th from 11am until 4pm. All of them will be held at the Didsbury Elks Hall.
There is a great chance to load up on books for the new year this weekend. Marge Steckler says the Friends of the Didsbury Library have something for everyone and some great reading material can be picked up by donation during their first big book sale of 2020.
Farmers can either attend public meetings being held this month or fill out an online survey until January 31st about the future of agriculture research in the province. The Alberta government wants to hear from farmers and ranchers. It says producers should help determine research priorities.
The Foothills Centennial Fiddlers will be performing a special free 15th anniversary concert on Friday, January 24th at 1pm at the Olds Legion. Stop by for the lunch buffet ($12.50 for seniors) and then stay for the concert.
The unofficial results are in and Mitch Thomson has been elected to Olds council. Thomson received 33.3 per cent support from eligible voters in the 2020 town of Olds municipal by-election to fill the vacant seat at the council table.
Of the 7270 eligible voters in the town of Olds, 1047 cast ballots in the municipal by-election to fill the one vacant spot on Olds council. Mitch Thomson was the winner of the by-election with 349 votes and he will become the town's newest councillor.
Chinook's Edge School Division's Superintendent says a new fee of $200 dollars for rural bus riders who are more than 2.4 kilometers from their school will be implemented this fall. Kurt Sacher notes it is part of a new cost-recovery fee model which will also include an increase from just over $300 dollars to $500 dollars for in-town riders.