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Get out and get old fashioned today!

Thursday, 01 August 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Get out and get old fashioned today!

A blast from the past in Bellevue

By Brad Quarin

While Bellecrest Days were cancelled this year, Bellevue and the rest of Crowsnest Pass will have another opportunity for family fun tomorrow. The Doors Open and Heritage Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. with the Bellevue Old Fashioned Street Festival, on historic Main Street.

This is the third annual street festival, and the second time it’s being held as part of the Doors Open and Heritage Festival. It’s been popular with the public. “They just like coming out, wandering around, have a bite to eat,” says organizer Janis Entem.

The street festival is defined by old-fashioned themes, so it will include vintage costume contests and free rides in vintage vehicles, says organizer Loreena Russomanno. The old vehicles include horse-drawn buggies brought by Terry and Susan Aris.

The period they’re going after is the Victorian age, so costumes echoing that era would be appropriate, Janis says. But anything old-fashioned will do. “We encourage people just to dress up,” Loreena says.

The evening will include pie eating and a barbecue with burgers and hotdogs for sale, along with vendors with foods and crafts. There will be live music of mixed genres by local artists, including Jeff Chambers and Desiree Michalsky.

Loreena’s good friend Passquatch, the elusive local sasquatch, will be playing the guitar and harmonica and giving out kisses.

There will be an old-fashioned parade showing off the costumes, and a pet parade, a chance to dress up your dog or cat. The pet parade didn’t happen last year and is back by popular demand, Janis says.

Because there is a pie-baking contest and a pie auction, visitors should bring two pies to the street festival, Loreena says. The ladies of the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre will judge the pies, with a first-place prize of $60.

While on Main Street, visitors will have a chance to swing by the Old Dairy Ice Cream Shoppe, the Bellevue Legion. The Bellevue Inn will run happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Something for everyone, for the whole family,” Loreena says.

The street festival runs until 8 p.m.


From the July 31, 2013 print edition of Shootin’ the Breeze

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