Lethbridge College celebrates 60 years with Coulee Fest, a big free party in the middle of campus, Sept. 23.
“It’s a big celebration for the college’s 60th anniversary,” summarized organizing committee chair Kari Bird, noting the event has been a collaborative effort between students, faculty and all of the departments.
“We felt we should something special for our 60th anniversary, so we thought holding a big, free party on campus would be perfect,” she continued.
There will be events both indoors in the food court as well as a beer garden outside where four bands will be playing beginning with opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. with eight Indigenous dancers and drummers.
They will be followed by local country band Hurtin’ around 2 p.m., then local blues rock band the Steve Keenan Band will follow around 3 p.m. Local funk/rock/disco/pop orchestra Hippodrome will be on stage around 4:15 p.m. and Calgary-based East Coast-style band 3 Finger Shot will end the festivities with a set at 6:15 p.m.
Throughout the day, at 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m., there will be tours of the Lethbridge College facilities, plus exhibits and demonstrations from Lethbridge College faculty and students from throughout the school including the Green Energy, wind turbine department.
“So you’ll be able to see that technology in use,” she continued.
“We’ll also be having fun for the family with free face painting and a 50-50 draw and a petting zoo with pigs, goats, ponies, chickens and other farm critters,” she added.
“It’ll be great.”
The first 200 people who come will get a swag bag.
“It will have a water bottle, coupons and a lot of other stuff,” she said.
“We’ve also partnered with CouleeBrew Co. to design our own label. Our designers have worked really hard on it. The first 300 people to order the cream ale will get a collectible beer can.”
“It’s all free to attend,” she added.
Coulee Fest runs from 1-7 p.m. at Lethbridge College.