Last Updated: 27 July, 2015

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2015 Camrose Founders Days Festival - Schedule in Detail!

Be part of history AND have a fantastic time! Join into the 2015 Camrose Founders Days Festival, August 14-16, 2015! The twelfth year for this annual 3 day history festival has something for everyone.

Step back 100 years and imagine life in a prairie town at time of war. Hear about a soldiers’ experience as Camrose honours Theo Bailey - community founder and WW I veteran. Life would never be the same for the young men returning from the front lines, but Theo was determined not to let his experiences stop him from making his fine community better. Experience Theo first hand as James Hudec steps into his character, giving us a modern day glimpse into the life of a WW I soldier.

FRIDAY, August 14, 2015

10:00 am & 10:30 am Tours of Camrose City Hall & refreshments, 5204 50 ave
When Camrose does something, it's done up right! View and enjoy a "behind the scene" tour of our fabulous new City Hall, completed and opened in June 2015. Two tours available, light refreshments will be served. (There is some lovely pictures of the historic City Halls on display - be sure to see!)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Messiah Church Hospitality Tea, 4810 50 St am
Members of Messiah Lutheran Church once again welcome the community to their Hospitality Tea form 11am-1pm. Drop in, visit awhile! Enjoy light refreshments, neighbourly conversation and welcome the promenade entries!
11:30 am Promenade (meet at Candler Art Gallery 5002 50 Street)
An early Friday event is the old time promenade! Shake out your Klondike clothes, don a fancy hat and join in! Fun for all ages and you could win one of two 50 dollar bills! Meet Fay in front of Candler Art Gallery (5002 50 street) at 11:30 am. The promenade will walk to the Messiah Church for tea, and then return to the Bailey Theatre for the Opening Ceremonies.
1:00 pm Ceremony at the Bailey Theatre honoring Theo Bailey & celebrating 100 years of Scouting in Camrose!
Followed By Founder Reception at the Bailey Theatre 5041 50 Street
Our Opening Ceremonies are once again at the magnificent (& historic) Bailey Theatre, followed by the Founder Reception featuring Lefse House refreshments. Please join in this community celebration!

Honouring our 2015 Founder, Theo C. Bailey!

Calling All Scouts, past and present! Celebrate 100 years of Scouting in Camrose! View a display at the opening ceremonies and contribute to the display at the Centennial Museum! Call 780-672-3298 to learn more!

Be sure to view the world War I & II historical displays and Camrose historical inventory display.
3:00 pm Old Sparling Historical Walk, meet at Coldwell Banker, 4802-49 Street
Take a walk through the Old Sparling residential area. Hear about some of the early Camrose families who lived in selected homes and learn about some of the early pioneer architecture. Very unfortunately, our usual tour guide, the entertaining Miss Signe Spokkeli is away and not able to join us! But the tour will go on!
7:00 pm Ghost Walk led by Janine Carroll, busses leaving from CRE 4250 Exhibition Dr
Do you sometimes hear whispers in the wind? Hear music where there should be none? Our evening ghost walk (actually a bus ride), is led by Janine Carroll, the Camrose Ghost Lady. Meet her at at the CRE parking lot at 7:00pm and hear some of the stories from the eerie side of Camrose!

SATURDAY, August 15, 2015

Saturday festivals at both museums
lots of time to take in both!

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Firebox Festival & Garden Party at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station, 4407 - 47 Ave
Visit the Station! Their exciting Firebox Festival is a fun packed day for all members of the family! Free train rides on the Mirror Lake Express, children's activities and games, and enjoy the sounds of the ever popular Station Swing Band! What is a Beanery lunch? Find out in the Railway Tearoom where a light lunch and deserts are available for purchase.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Family Culture Craze! At the Camrose & District Centennial Museum 4522 53 St
Steaming Fun Day Planned at the Centennial Museum

Family Culture Craze at the Centennial Museum


All Day - Under the Tent, local crafters & home businesses will have displays, demonstrations and sale tables! Curious about your family history? Branch members of the Genealogy Society will be on hand all day! As will members of the Horticulture Society, sharing their passionate of plants.

All Day - visit the ATCO Energy Education Mobile, a unique learning experience designed for kids to learn about Alberta’s energy resources and how to use our resources wisely. This free and interactive, one-of-a-kind experience!

All Day - Steam Engines, tractors and antique vehicles will provide some fascinating entertainment for young and old! Visit Museum heritage buildings, community artifacts, special summer displays and challenge yourself to a scavenger hunt!

About Time Productions drama fun, drama and improv games! Join into fairytale, story telling, theatre movement and lots of other fun stuff!
10-11am, ages 3-8;
11-12noon, ages 9-13
1-2pm, Calling All Teens!

12 noon! A spectacular hour of entertainment is waiting for you!
Ethan Harty, who earned the 2014 & 2015 Jr. Champion title at the Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship brings this talent to the Camrose Centennial Museum for an hour of the highest quality musical entertainment!

All Day - Friendly Dogs - Camrose's newest street vendor
Listen to some great fiddle music and enjoy a hot dog from. The hot dog cart will be at the Centennial Museum all day, featuring jumbo beef & Polish hotdogs, as well as cheddar & cheddar jalapeno smokies for purchase. A variety of concession items and beverages will also be available.

From 1 - 3pm - Free Face Painting by Amber! Amber is an artist at this craft, bring your kids or grandchildren. Play our Buffalo Bean Bag game while you're waiting for a turn!

Make us part of your Founders Days Festival weekend! Much to do, see and experience at the Camrose & District Centennial Museum!
7:00 pm Graveyard Tour - Valleyview Cemetery 4205 52 Street (meet at the 43 Ave entrance)
John Person hosts the Saturday evening for a cemetery tour! Coinciding with the Camrose decoration day so the cemetery will look its best! You will see the hundreds of veteran crosses as the Legion, along with other service clubs recognize their deceased members. Always entertaining and informative, John creates one of the most interesting events of the weekend!

SUNDAY, August 16, 2015

10:00 am Church Service in the 1908 St Dunstan's Church at the Camrose & District Centennial Museum, 4522 53 St
Attend a community Sunday church service at the historic St. Dustan’s Church, Reverend Ray Olsen officiating. Built in 1908, the church sits on the grounds of the Camrose Centennial Museum, one of their most prized artifacts!
10:00 am Garden tours at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station, 4407 - 47 Ave
Visit the Railway Station for a tour of their magnificent 13 heritage gardens.
1:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion Decoration Day Service, Field of Honor, Valleyview Cemetery
Our final weekend event is the Royal Canadian Legion Decoration Day Service. Please join members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No 57 to recognize and honour those who served in the military, protecting our community and country. Service takes place in the Field of Honour, Valleyview Cemetery.

(Please note that our customary theatrical performance held at the Bailey Theatre is not available this year due to a conflict in schedule. It will return in 2016!)

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