Grande Prairie celebrates Heritage Day

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The City of Grande Prairie celebrated Heritage Day last Saturday (July 30).

Activities were happening at the Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Village to celebrate Heritage Day, which included classic carnival games, butter-making, blacksmithing, and jigging.

Among all the activities were booths that celebrated the multiculturalism of Canada and Alberta.

Amaranta Ontiveros shared her Mexican heritage during the Heritage Day festivities at a booth that showed some of her home country of Mexico’s crafts and products.

“We are a country of immigrants,” said Ontiveros, who noted she was happy to be able to share her culture with her neighbours in Grande Prairie.

Taekyoung Ha and the Grande Prairie Korean Association jumped at the opportunity to show his traditional Korean clothes during Heritage Day.

Ha said he has been in Canada for six years and is happy to share his culture to help make up the multiculturalism of Canada.

The festivities are also shared in the history of the pioneer days of the Peace.

Games were played by people of all ages, such as bingo, ball toss, spin tops, and target practice with a toy gun.

People also had the opportunity to try their hand at making butter, and ropes.

Bill Chalifoux, 77, was on hand teaching those who wanted to learn the Red River Jig.

He said he has been jigging since 1987 and hope to teach future generations.

Chalifoux said days like Heritage Day offer an opportunity to teach young people traditional jigs, such as the red river jig.

Heritage Day is generally celebrated on the first Monday of August and was first recognized in Alberta in 1974.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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