Heritage festival brought a joyful weekend in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin residents experienced a rejoicing weekend at the United Heritage Festival.

Hundreds of locals got acquainted with a wide variety of live shows displaying Canada’s diverse cultural backgrounds.

Organized by the Wetaskiwin Philippino Community Foundation, the event ran for two days at the Jubilee Park on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“Aside from dancers and food vendors, part of the event is the rides at the Main Street. We have 14 of them at the event,” said the President of Wetaskiwin Filipino Community Foundation, Marlon Pinaso.

Pinaso also commended and reaffirmed the Samson Cree Nation’s support for coming together as one united community.

East Indian performers, a Polish dancing group, performances by First Nation community members, and Philippine traditional dances were among the shows displayed at the event.

Dianne Baker, a Wetaskiwin resident, said the event was fantastic and argued that more people should attend such shows.

Another resident, Toyin who attended the event with his two sons said that they’re having "a lot of fun" out there.

Another Wetaskiwin resident expressed her feelings about the event, saying that it was quite amazing, and that’s "something to look forward to.”

The weather did have some impact on the event's second day, but the show was still able to go on.

Qiam Noori, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Ponoka News