Cochrane Ranche Days Festival this Weekend

At the Cochrane Ranche Historic Site, corner of Hwy 1A & 22. This is a free celebration of the Cochrane Ranche’s birthday with activities, displays, live music and a petting zoo.

Saturday August 2nd
• 9:00 am- 3:00 pm: extended Farmers Market (CEAC’s biggest and longest market of the year!)
• 2:00 pm: unveiling of an historic mural from the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation art collection (location: Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation, in the Cochrane Ranche House, 101 Ranche House Rd) The 16’ x 6’ mural was painted by Maxine Macleay, one of the first female graduates of the University of the Alberta College of Agriculture and depicts an action-packed scene from the Cowboy Trail.

Sunday, August 3rd
• 12 noon: re-enactment of the unveiling of the Men of Vision statue, featuring local horsewomen, in honour of its 35th anniversary.
• 1:00 pm-4:00 pm: live entertainment, wagon rides with the Cochrane Posse, food vendors, children’s activities, and video screening in the Westerson Cabin. Members of the Stockmen’s Foundation demonstrate traditional corral construction as they build new gates for the Ranche corrals.  Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society heritage display.


Cochrane Summer Fest this Weekend

We’ll do whatever frozen things do in SUMMER!

This weekend, starting Friday night with a Family Rodeo, and Saturday’s Kid Fest from noon – 4:30pm, Saturday nights Classic Bull Riding and Dance with special guests Scarecrow, Calgary’s #1 Dance Band will all be happening down at the Cochrane Lions Rodeo Park. Separate tickets required for each event and can be purchased online HERE.

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What to do? What to do?

Bragg Creek Days this weekend: Make a day of it on Saturday July 19th starting with a pancake breakfast at 8am, parade at 10:30am and small midway, concessions, stage and beer garden throughout the rest of the day. More info at

Cochrane 2014 BMX Provincial Series this weekend. More info at:

Riversong Run at the Ranch & Canada Parks Day: Saturday July 19th at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Riversong Run at the Ranch is part of The 5 Peaks trail running series and offers race distances for everyone. More info at

Candlelight vigil on Thursday for missing Calgary family

Global News

CALGARY – A candlelight vigil for missing five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents will be held at a southwest community centre on Thursday.

Alvin and Kathryn Liknes haven’t been seen since the night of June 30, following an estate sale at their Parkhill home. Their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien, who had been dropped off for a sleepover, also disappeared.

The vigil has been organized by those close to the Liknes family, who say the past week has been hard.

“It’s pretty tough, it breaks a person up,” says Lorna Wendzina, a longtime family friend of the Liknes’. “You hear about it on the news, but it hits home when it’s your friends. That’s something that’s touched our heart.

“It’s heartbreaking and we’re devastated.”

Wendzina says they hope to see nearly one thousand candles lit at Thursday’s vigil, in hopes of showing the family how much support they have.

“They are…

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Top 5 spots to watch the Calgary Stampede fireworks

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One of the highlights of the Calgary Stampede is the fact that there are 11—yes 11!—nights of fireworks. The display is all part of the annual Grandstand Show down at Stampede Park, and its finale includes about five minutes worth of fireworks which can be seen around the city. Here are the best spots to enjoy the spectacle, which kicks off around 10:45 p.m. every night.

On the grounds

There is no question that the best place to watch the fireworks is in Stampede Park, and it doesn’t matter where on the grounds you are. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the Grandstand show, you’ll be torn between watching the talented performers on stage or the bright show overhead. If you’re not at the show, try to time it so you’re on the SkyRide or Ferris wheel when the fireworks start, for an uninterrupted, birds-eye view.

Scotsman’s Hill

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