Coulee Fest returns for a second year to show the community what is happening at Lethbridge College, Sept. 15.
“It was a super successful event last year. So we wanted to continue it and show the community we have on campus,” said alumni relations co-ordinator Sidney Wakaruk.
In addition to displays and presentations from the many departments of the college, there will be a whole lot of local live music including performances from local funk rock trio Adequate, White Chocolate Thunder, ’90s acoustic rock band Uncovered and folk/celtic duo Kavanagh and Hepher. In addition, there will be a beer garden for the adults and petting zoo, bouncy castles, face painting and lawn games for the kids.
The Lethbridge College also features their teepee with Indigenous grandparents sharing their stories. There will be 11 different food trucks, possibly an even dozen, and mini-games with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.
“It’s about celebrating the culture we have on campus,” she said, adding there will also be a street market with at least 35 vendors, with room for 40 featuring handicrafts, food, produce and more.
“It’s about celebrating our culture,” she said, adding in addition to giving the community a sample of everything happening on campus,
Coulee Fest is also a welcome-back event for new students to discover all the opportunities on campus.
“It’s a welcome back for students to campus,” she said.
“There will be 20 different programs on display including culinary arts and Virtual Reality,” she said, adding once, again there will be free massages from massage therapy students.
Unfortunately, the fashion program has been discontinued, so there won’t be a display of fashion through the years like last year.
They are anticipating more people attending this year.
“Last year we had about 2,500. This year, we’re expecting 4,000,” she predicted as there is a big high school volleyball tournament also happening on the weekend.
“There was so much good dialogue from people last year, so they are excited to come back,” she said, adding Coulee Fest showcases, not only the college’s academic pursuits, but also their philanthropic activities.
“There is always something happening here, this is a great opportunity to experience some of it,” she said, adding some of the highlights will be from the environmental sciences program and the criminal justice program.
“Come out and celebrate and want to feel a part of the community, this is a great way to do it,” she said.
Coulee Fest runs 1-7 p.m. Sept. 15. There is no cost to attend.