Drumheller residents were treated to a barbecue on Sept. 1, thanks to a grant from the Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee to celebrate Canada 150.
"There was funding available for community barbecues, so we applied for the funding and here we are, putting on a community barbecue in Riverside," said Kim Masson, one of the organizers of the event and a member of the Canada 150 Participation sub-committee.
Aside from hot dogs, attendees were treated to live entertainment and were encouraged to participate in the Participation playlist activities.
"We're doing bellydancing, Zumba, potato sack racing, slacklining, hula hoops, monkey bars and swinging. So those are all off the playlist. We've got little pitchsticks everywhere to show what number they are on the playlist," said Masson.
Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee member Tom Zariski explained where the funding came from.
"One of the aspects of the Canada 150 that the committee came up with was the possibility of approaching communities in the valley and offering that we would fund a community barbecue for them. So, a number of communities stepped up. Riverside got together and is hosting a barbecue today."
Masson says they distributed over 400 flyers in Riverside leading up to the event and are expecting between 100 and 150 people to attend.