The winners of the Clive parade for Best Overall float in the Clive parade at their annual Fun Fest went to the Chatelaine Club. First place went to Village of Alix; Minor Sports/4H non-profit – Clive Figure Skating Club; Cars/Trucks modern – Tye Felhauer; Vintage Cars/ trucks, tractors – Shriners; Agricultural Horses/ Buggies – Lorne Reany; and Youth entries / bikes – Clive School. ECA Review/L. Joy
Clive Fun Fest drew hundreds of people from across Central Alberta for its three-day event.
Saturday’s parade, one of the main attractions, had about 40 entries and spanned 10 blocks.
“We enjoyed the parade,” said Karen Trusett who has lived in Clive 21 years. “It was one of the longest parades ever. I was surprised at how long it was. It was as good as Mirror’s parade.”
Likewise, Darlene and Willis Sargeant agreed.
“It had more stuff in it this year and was better than last year,” said Darlene.
Fun Fest is a long-time tradition and has run for about 100 years. Previously, however, it was called sports day, said Village of Clive Chief Administrative Officer Carla Kenney.
The festivities kicked off Friday, June 16 with a movie, Boss Baby, at the Clive Hall.
On Saturday there was a Lions Pancake Breakfast, two beer gardens, baseball games, mini golf and a silent auction. Inside the school there was a penny carnival, face painting and balloon art.
There was also a silver mine/money pit, nerf war, street dance, Canada 150 rock painting and fireworks.
The Jacobi’s from Lacombe chose to attend Clive’s Fun Fest saying they like the small-town atmosphere.
“We have friends here and my wife is participating in the market,” said Scott.
Kendra Grayson, 15, of Blackfalds – who has balloon art bookings from Coronation to Sylvan Lake, delighted youth with her creations. Kendra started Kendra with a Twist when she was 14.
Kendra also does balloon art at Coronation, Alix and a cupcake festival in Lethbridge.
The weather cooperated and Fun Fest brought the community together, giving residents a chance to visit and catch up with each other.
“It was good to get out and see the people,” said Trusett.
Willis Sargeant said, for him, the event was nostalgic.
“I went to school here in 1949-50.”
The weekend wrapped up Sunday with a community church service at the Clive Baptist Church.
Lorne Reaney in the Clive parade
Piper Buck in the Clive parade
ECA Review reporter