November 23rd, 2017

Coalhurst celebrates small-town living

By Schnarr, J.W. on August 13, 2017.

Miner’s Days brings community together

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald

Mining heritage and small-town living were celebrated in Coalhurst this weekend during its annual Miner’s Days festival.

The two-day festival ran Friday night with a Royal Canadian Legion event and then into Saturday with a pancake breakfast, parade, and homesteader carnival.

Kristine Cassie, a member of the Miner’s Days committee, said the weekend brings the community together in celebration of Coalhurst’s mining history.

“We bring the community together,” she said. “We have a committee of all ages that gets together and plans to have a couple great days. And we always have great weather.”

Events for the day included plenty of food and refreshments, a host of children’s activities, musical entertainment, a beer garden and a show n’ shine to check out some classic cars.

“Really, it’s a way to celebrate small-town living, and really calling this place home,” Cassie said.

“We get a lot of people who come back, who grew up here or lived here.”

She said the people of Coalhurst really take advantage of their opportunities to come back home for a few days and enjoy what the Lethbridge bedroom community has to offer.

“We saw that during our centennial celebration in 2013,” she said. “Many people who came were still really connected to this town.

“There’s a lot of pride here. We have some great schools here, and some wonderful activities going on. We have probably the best volunteer fire department in the province.

“There’s lots of things to celebrate. And a lot of volunteers come out and give both their time and their energy.”

Funds raised from Miner’s Day are used to expand future Miner’s Days celebrations. But the money could also be used to improve life in Coalhurst in other ways.

“We have plans for other things we’d like to do with our little association,” said Cassie. “Including restoration of an old graveyard that our people were buried in pre-1930. We’re also looking for more recreation-type activities for kids to do.”

“Coalhurst is quite unique,” she said. “We really have our own flavour around this town.”

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