December 17th, 2017

U of L ready for Community Fair

By Mabell, Dave on August 31, 2017.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

A “battle of the bands” and a pair of rugby games are among free attractions Sunday during the University of Lethbridge’s Community Fair.

An inflatable obstacle course, multicultural demonstrations and a kite-flying (and making) event will also be part of the family-oriented program at the Community Stadium. They’re all part of the weekend’s Shine On festival and homecoming celebration, marking the U of L’s 50th anniversary.

“The University of Lethbridge would not exist but for the efforts of the community coming together to push for a third provincial university in the 1960s,” says U of L president Mike Mahon. “From the very beginning we’ve had deep roots within the community and it has always been important to connect with our community in everything we do.

“The Community Fair is another way of inviting people to campus to come together and celebrate what we have created over the past 50 years. It’s also a way to celebrate a shared vision that looks ahead to the next 50 years.”

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, offering a variety of activities reflecting some of the university’s artistic and cultural contributions. Food trucks, a beer garden and other attractions will be offered as well.

The “Battle of the Bands” competition is expected to run from 2 to 4 p.m.

Earlier, starting at 1 p.m., the Pronghorns women’s rugby team will take on its University of Alberta competitors, followed at 3 p.m. with a tilt against Central Washington. The pre-season games will serve as a warmup as the Pronghorns prepare to host the USports Nationals later this fall.

Adds Mahon, “We’ve had great success in opening our doors each Family Day weekend for ‘Play Day.’ This being our biggest 50th anniversary celebration of the year, we wanted to say thank you to the southern Alberta community with another great family event.”

Free parking will be offered Sunday on the university’s main parking lots. Officials point out parking at the stadium – about two blocks south of the main campus – will be restricted to vehicles with a handicap parking placard.

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