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Lethbridge College celebrate 60 years with Couleefest

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Lethbridge College celebrates 60 years with Couleefest, a big free party in the middle of campus, Sept. 23.

Kari Bird is excited about  Couleefest, Sept. 23 at Lethbridge College. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s a big celebration for the College’s 60th anniversary,” summarized organizing committee Chair Kari Bird, noting the event has been a collaborative effort between students, faculty and all of the departments.


“ We felt we should something special for our sixtieth anniversary, so we thought holding a big, free party  on campus would be perfect,” she continued.
 There will be events both indoors in the food court as well as a beer gardens outside where four bands will be playing beginning with opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. with eight Indigenous dancers and drummers.


 They will be followed by local country band Hurtin’ around  2 p.m., then local  blues rock band the Steve Keenan Band will follow around 3 p.m.. Local funk/ rock/ disco/pop orchestra Hippodrome will be on stage around 4:15 p.m. and Calgary based east Coast style band 3 Finger Shot, will end the festivities with a set at 6:15 p.m.

 Throughout the day, at 2, 3,4, and 5 p.m there will be tours of the Lethbridge College facilities, plus exhibits and demonstrations  from Lethbridge College faculty and students from throughout the school including the Green Energy, wind turbine department.The Steve Keenan The Steve Keenan band is among the performers at Couleefest, Sept. 23. Photo band is amond the performers at Couleefest, Sept. 23. Photo by Richard Amery
“So you’ll be able to see that technology in use,” she continued.


“We’ll also be having fun for the family with free face painting and a 50 50 draw and a petting zoo with pigs, goats, ponies a, chickens and other farm critters,” she  added.


“It’ll be great.”
The first 200 people who come will get a swag bag.


“It will have a water bottle, coupons and a lot of other stuff,” she said.


“We‘ve also partnered with CouleeBrew Co to design  our own label. Our designers have worked really hard on it. The first 300 people to order the cream ale will get a collectible beer can,” she said.


“ It’s all free to attend,” she said.
 Couleefest runs 1-7 p.m. at Lethbridge College.

A version of this story appears in the Sept. 20, 2017 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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