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MOUNTAIN VIEW ARTS FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2021 IN DIDSBURY ALBERTA!
Following the latest Government of Alberta reinstatement of Covid-19 restrictions, please note that masks are mandatory at all indoor activities at the Mountain View Arts Festival.
Volunteers, artists and performers at both the Didsbury Museum and Didsbury Memorial Complex will be asking for your respect and support. Thank you.
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Come to Didsbury Alberta for Mountain View County's largest festival of its kind.

Unless stated otherwise, all activities run from 11 am - 5 pm at all venues both days.

PLEASE NOTE: The Mountain View Arts Festival showcases musicians and entertainers from Alberta. There are no openings for performers from outside Canada.

The Mountain View Arts Festival is an annual, 2 day, multi venue, arts & cultural festival. It is a signature event in the town of Didsbury, Alberta and has been hosted by the Mountain View Arts Society since 2011.

Logo designed by Lyle Schultz. The Mountain View Arts Festival is held on the weekend following the long weekend in September.

FIND YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Stories from the Didsbury Heritage Book

Didsbury's history has come alive with the release of our town's new history book, "Didsbury & District Heritage - Tales of Yesterday, Stories of Today, For People of Tomorrow". The book captures the last 50 years in stories and events, and is available to purchase at the Museum.

If you want to learn more about Didsbury and area, this book gives you stories of the families who helped grow this town from about 1,800 people to over 5,300 fifty years later.

Thumb through the book at the Museum, full of anecdotes from the characters who helped build Didsbury. You'll read stories of our schools and teachers, businesses and events and, of course, a great selection of family tales. Plan to take a little family history with you at the end of the day.

Paint the Barn Red books are also available for sale at the Museum, along with other special items from local artists and artisans.

Author Talk at the Arts Festival

FOLLOW THE FESTIVAL ON OUR LOCAL RADIO STATIONS
LIVE ON LOCATION SATURDAY

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What's good for your soul? TRAINS & SCARECROWS!

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! We're inviting everyone to put their artistic thinking caps on and plan their scarecrow(s) this summer.

8th 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.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 must be at the Museum by Friday, the 10th. 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 13
  • Students 13 - 18 years
  • Family
  • Adult
  • Business
  • Organization

Scarecrows will be on display at the Didsbury Museum on Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th. 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.

Pack a picnic lunch, throw in your favourite park blanket, and sit on our beautiful lawn amongst a myriad of very friendly scarecrows. Seeing people coming together to make memories and laugh and eat good food makes for many genuine "Kodak moments". Bring your camera!

TRAINS, TRAINS, & MORE TRAINS!

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, the Didsbury Museum 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.

And wait till you see our new Outdoor Garden Train! There's a bench perfectly situated, and you just watch the trains go around and 'round.

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 Outdoor Garden Train in operation. Talk to club members about building the original railroad and learn the historical value of trains. Great fun for the kidlets: they can operate the portable layout in our Train Room upstairs themselves!

COME TO ART'S "BEAR-DAY" PARTY!

Art the Bear is the mascot for the Mountain View Arts Festival.2021 is the Mountain View Arts Festival's 10th Edition - and our mascot, Art the Bear, is inviting everyone of all ages to his "Bear-day Party"!

It takes place on Sunday, September 12th from 12 - 2 pm ("come and go") in the Mercantile Room of the Didsbury Museum.

Art has never had a party before, and he would love to hear about your best birthday party ever!! Bring your favourite stuffie or teddy bear to join in on the party fun!

(He would also be so happy to get a card from you!)

Birthday cake and juice will be served.

Enter to win your favourite gift basket too!

While you're at the Museum, see if you can find Huggie and Toby. They lost their home in a fire and to help them find a new home, they are putting up a picture on Facebook. When you find them, comment "Found Them" and your name will be put into a draw to become their new forever home!

CHECK OUT THE NEWEST EXHIBITS!

The exhibit at the Didsbury Museum includes artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, farming equipment, and First Nations and Inuit.Our town of Didsbury, (population now almost 5,300) saw the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1890, and that pushed the town's development forward when the first settlers arrived four years later. Didsbury was incorporated as a village in 1905 and as a town on September 6, 1906. In Western Canada, 115 years is pretty darn old!

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.

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

Newest Exhibits

  • War Brides - tribute to Margaret Brinson
  • Didsbury is Open for Show Business
  • Expanded Sports Memorabilia Room
  • History of Churches & Worship in our community
  • Expanded local Indigenous display

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

SATURDAY MUSIC
1 - 3 pm
Echoes of the Prairie
With Kelly Kalden and
Sherry Tschritter

Calum Lykan Storytelling

SUNDAY MUSIC
1 pm - Mary Hatcher

2 pm - North West Mounted Police Band Commemorative

LOTS OF FUN AT THE MUSEUM

The Museum is working on barn quilts and yarn painting for this year's fun with the kids.
Besides scarecrows and trains, you will enjoy tap tapping music throughout the weekend and, of course, there will be Kids Krafts for you to "Make Your Own Souvenirs" in the old-fashioned classroom!

STROLL HISTORIC DIDSBURY

In 1991, the CPR donated the building to the Didsbury Lions Club. It is now a Provincial Historic Site.
As you visit our downtown, stop and read our historical plaques on the buildings. Imagine what it was like "back in the day".

ADMISSION BY DONATION

FREE PARKING
FREE SHUTTLE
WHEELCHAIR/STROLLER ACCESSIBLE

Didsbury Memorial Complex
1702 21 Ave

Didsbury Museum
2110 21 Ave

FESTIVAL CONCESSION AT THE CURLING RINK
Prairie Whistle Food Co. is owned and operated by John & Kim Forsythe, professionally trained chefs. They operate out of the Didsbury Memorial Complex on the 2nd floor and look forward to welcoming you.

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The Buy-Low Foods retail banner has grown to 27 retail locations throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, including the new store in Didsbury Alberta. For over 40 years, Value Drug Mart and Apple Drugs have always believed in the power of locally-owned, community-minded service. Mountain View County is a proud supporter of all that is arts, culture, and heritage in our region. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. When in Didsbury for the Mountain View Arts Festival, 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 oldest little library in Alberta. We're on Facebook! Follow us at MVArtsFest today! We're on twitter! Follow us at MVArtsFest today!
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