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SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, 2019 IN DOWNTOWN DIDSBURY ALBERTA!
Come to Didsbury Alberta for Mountain View County's largest festival of its kind. The Mountain View Arts Festival has always been a great family fun event to share a memory, share a story, or share a laugh. In 2019, we recognize the vital issue of mental health from a variety of different artsy angles - art exhibits, live music, historical stories and yes, even happy mistakes!></td>
<td><img src= If you come with a frown, don't worry, we'll send you home with the best souvenir possible - a great, big smile! If we catch you dancing while waiting in line or shopping in a store, humming a tune while walking downtown Didsbury, or playing drums on the table in a coffee shop, we know we've done our job! Our desire is to showcase that Didsbury, Olds, Carstairs, Sundre, Cremona - all the communities in and around Mountain View County - have an incredible wealth of artistic talent. Buskers add delight, interest and energy to our Arts Festival, especially for those out for an afternoon stroll.
Come to Didsbury Alberta for the Mountain View Arts Festival each September!
Hands-On Fun
PUPPET THEATRE | MEXICAN YARN ART
MAKE A ROPE | PLAY BOARD GAMES
PICNIC WITH A SCARECROW
Our artists will present some sort of interactivity, something that encourages creativity and appreciation for diverse art forms and cultures. You'll have a great time!
ARTISTS AT WORK | MAKE A WISHING TREE
CHALK IT UP | BAD ART STUDIO | FACEPAINTING
HANDMADE MARKET | OPENING MINDS THRU ART
Great toe-tapping music is the heart of any festival.
COFFEE HOUSE | INSTRUMENT PLAY DAY
BUSKERS | UNPLUGGED AT THE MUSEUM
DANCE LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING
Our First Nations and Inuit exhibit shows life as a nurse in the Yukon, trapping and hunting tools, and a fabulous exhibit from Richard Mousseau, an Obijway and recent mayor of Didsbury.
MODEL RAILROAD | COLOUR A BARN QUILT
SCARECROWS | INUIT & FIRST NATIONS
OLD-TYME CANDY STORE
What Makes You Smile - HISTORY & HERITAGE!

Wow! We're getting old! Our town of Didsbury, (population now almost 5,300) saw the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1897, and that pushed the town's development forward. Didsbury was incorporated as a village in 1905 and as a town on September 6, 1906. In Western Canada, 113 years is pretty darn old!

The exhibit at the Didsbury Museum includes artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, farming equipment, and First Nations and Inuit.The beautiful two-storey brick and sandstone building we call the Didsbury Museum, was built in 1907 and the school held its first school classes in 1908. It was converted to a temporary hospital during the influenza of 1918, and became a training area for men and women during World War II. It was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in early 2011.

See our Inuit heritage collection of baskets, bone carvings, arrowheads, traditional regalia dresses, and items from one of the first white nurses in the Yukon, a Didsburian!

Tour our Museum - there's so many possibilities for the history buff, or those looking to dig a little deeper into their Central Alberta family heritage!

6th Annual Scarecrows on Parade!
The beauty of the Mountain View Arts Festival is that we offer tons of free, hands-on activities that invite the public to participate during the festival, as well as before!

This scarecrow welcomed everyone to the Museum grounds.It's harvest time, and so it only makes sense that there be Scarecrows, and that's exactly what's happening at the Didsbury Museum - in fact, it'll be a PARADE of scarecrows!!

The Didsbury Museum hosts the Scarecrows on Parade Competition, and invites everyone to put their artistic thinking caps on and plan their scarecrow(s) this summer.

Not only do organizations and individuals have fun entering the competition, but the Town of Didsbury Council has challenged other area Town Councils to see which community can create the best scarecrow!

Scarecrows will be on display at the Didsbury Museum from September 4 to 8. They must be at the Museum by Friday, the 6th. During the Festival, pack up your basket and come have a family Picnic with a Scarecrow.

Please call 403-335-9295 before you come so someone can be there to assist you with set up.

$50 Cash Prizes will be awarded in these 6 different categories:

  • Children under 12
  • Students 12 and over
  • Families
  • Adults
  • Businesses
  • Organizations

At the Festival, come over and vote for your favourite scarecrow and take pictures with these creative characters. Winners will be announced at the Museum on Saturday afternoon.

The Roadroad Comes to the Festival!
The Canadian Pacific Railway built the Didsbury Train Station in 1904.  The Mansard roof used in the design is a unique feature.Working closely with the dedicated preservationists of the Mountain View Model Railroad Club, we will help tell the story of the settling of our area communities, led by the Canadian Pacific Railway and Sir John A. Macdonald. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to see the personal side to railroading and the way of life that still celebrates our country's heritage and history.

Having a hobby can bring your focus around from feeling a little glum to feeling energized and creative. The folks with the Railroad Club are happy to show visitors the big layout in operation. Talk to club members about building the original railroad (and our miniature version) and learn the historical value of trains. Great fun for the kidlets: they can operate the portable layout themselves!

History at the Library!
Not only is Didsbury's museum old, but so is our library. Established in 1908, the Didsbury Library is the oldest little library in Alberta!

If you're on the hunt for family history, look no further than our Library. You can explore your family history with the many resources available, and with ancestry.ca available on the library's computers.

And since we're talking arts and culture, when you pop into the library to create your own puppet theatre characters, ask about how you can learn a new language and connect with other cultures. You can use Pronunciator to take a course in anywhere up to 80 different languages, and you can even download a phrasebook to your phone!

STROLL HISTORIC DIDSBURY
As you walk from festival venue to festival venue, stop and read our historical plaques on the buildings in our downtown core. Imagine what it was like "back in the day".

In 1991, the CPR donated the building to the Didsbury Lions Club. It is now a Provincial Historic Site.

While you're at the Train Station enjoying Artists at Work, stroll down the hallway and into the Ticket Office in the Train Depot. This room is full of railway artifacts and photographs.

The Canadian Pacific Railway built the Didsbury Train Station in 1904.  The Mansard roof used in the design is a unique feature.

For the past 9 years, kids have looked and looked for our mascot at one of our great locations. There's a draw at the end of the weekend and 3 terrific prizes will be won. Will you be the one who finds "Art the Bear" and gets your name drawn? (Fingers crossed!)

Art the Bear is hiding somewhere in Didsbury. Can you find him?

OLD-TYME CANDY STORE
Chocolate - read it again - chocolate. The word alone brings a smile to your face, and you can just imagine what the first taste of it does, every single time. You can't help but feel better with a little candy. So, this year, the Museum is transforming its Tea Room into an Old Tyme Candy Store! Take a sweet trip down memory lane with the retro candies you remember from when you were a kid.

You might make a new friend as you munch on a lemon drop or some homemade fudge while putting together a puzzle or two.

Venues sponsored by the Town of Didsbury. Stay overnight at the Rosebud Valley Campground at the east entrance to Didsbury. The Didsbury Museum has artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, farming equipment, a school room, medical room, general store, military roll of honour, and a 1907 Cast Iron Safe. Visit our museum today! In Partnership with the Didsbury Municipal Library The Mountain View Arts Society is proud to be a Partner with Alberta's Promise.
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