Village celebrating its 50 year birthday
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 08:43 am
A village in the high country is going all out to commemorate an important milestone this weekend.
With 2014 marking half a century since Longview was incorporated, Village employees and organizers of the community’s annual summer festival Little New York Daze are making this year’s event a weekend residents and visitors won’t forget.
“Because it’s the 50th for Longview we’ve done twice as much as we usually do,” said Vicky Adamson, member of the Longview 50th anniversary committee. “We’re celebrating and we’re wanting to invite southern Alberta to come and celebrate our history with us.”
Longview was initially called Little New York and was populated by workers in the oil and gas industry around Turner Valley. The growing village was renamed Longview 50 years ago in honour of homesteading brothers Thomas and Oliver Long and the view of the Longview post office built in the early 1900s. The post office was located about four miles east of town and was later moved into the village.
Today, Longview is known for its famous beef jerky, award-winning Longview Steakhouse and Blue Sky Motel and for its scenic location along the Cowboy Trail and gateway to the Kananaskis.
Adamson said Little New York Daze keeps the village’s history alive and each year draws hundreds of people from across the region.
“We always have a good crowd,” she said. “Lots of people have family coming because it’s a big event.”
The festivities begin Friday evening with a slo-pitch tournament and the Longview Rodeo – both of which will continue throughout the weekend.
Among the most anticipated activities on Saturday is the Longview parade along Highway 22, which will feature dozens of floats, vintage vehicles, bands, dignitaries and the Millarville Musical Ride. Adamson said the parade will be twice as long this year.
At noon, a memorial garden featuring plaques and statues of fallen soldiers will be unveiled at the village office, commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I with Livingstone-Macleod MLA Pat Steir and Macleod MP John Barlow in attendance.
The Longview School grounds will feature mutton busting, children’s games, Irish dancers, the Millarville Musical Ride, horseback riding, a Dimestore Fisherman presentation and a dog show.
The Twin Cities Hotel will have Guns of the Gold West gun fighting demonstrations and a mechanical renegade roper, while the community hall will feature a historic display of Longview complete with photographs and artifacts, said Adamson.
A community market will be held at the centennial park Saturday and Sunday and a parade of garage sales takes place Saturday. Maps can be found at local businesses.
The fire hall will host a ferrier demonstration during the day, beef supper at 4:30 p.m. and a homecoming dance at 8 p.m.
The evening will end with a fireworks display at dusk.
On Sunday, residents and visitors will converge in Centennial Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an outdoor church service, live music, children’s games, burgers and hot dogs, beer gardens and a show and shine car show on the street.
The day’s activities end at 4 p.m. with cutting of the Longview anniversary cake.
“We are really looking forward to people attending and enjoying themselves,” said Adamson. “We’ve been working at it since about November. It’s coming together really nicely.”
Adamson said t-shirts, hats and hoodies commemorating the anniversary will be available for purchase.