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Festival, food and fun all part of cycling event

​Spectators planning to take in this year's Tour of Alberta, presented by ATB Financial, will not only witness world class cycling but also enjoy plenty of free activities and entertainment.

The Tour's Community Festival presented by the Crossings Shopping Centre will be held in Galt Gardens from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on race day – September 1. The event will include performances on the B-93/Country 95.5 Entertainment Stage and booths from local, provincial and international organizations and sponsors.

For families, the SAAG Art Area Powered by EmbroidMe will be an interactive, family art space and the Melcor KidZone will include bouncy castles, balloon artists, a YMCA BBQ and Open Streets Calgary who use interactive games to promote active transportation.

In addition to the festival events, the site will provide a prime location to watch the race as the cyclists pass the start/finish line at Galt Gardens nine times and a big screen will be set up to watch the race live as it runs through the city.

For those arriving to the park on two wheels, a bike valet organized by local cycling group, Bikebridge will provide security for all bikes.

To get the community excited and ready for this event, there will be many free activities throughout the city leading up to September 1.

Noon Hour Concert Series
From Monday, August 29 to Wednesday, August 31, watch for roaming musicians performing on pedicabs (bicycle rickshaw) in the downtown core over the lunch hour (12-1 p.m.) - follow along on your bike or catch tunes as they cycle by.

Outdoor Movie Night
On Monday, August 29 bring your family and friends by bicycle to an outdoor movie night in Galt Gardens featuring a selection of short films about cycling running from 7-9:30 p.m.  Relax on the lawn and enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching great cycling stories come to life on the big screen.

Crossings Shopping Centre Family Cycling Day
Stop by the Crossings Shopping Centre (Whoop Up Drive and Aquitania Blvd W) on Tuesday, August 30 from 3-7 p.m. Visitors can meet pro riders, get autographs and photos, participate in a bike scavenger hunt and try a bike rodeo with a chance to win cool prizes.

For more information on these event and all the details of the Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial visit www.lethbridge.ca/tourofalberta.

Media Contacts: 

Chris Witkowski, Local Chair
403.320.3853  |  403.393.0930 | Chris.witkowski@lethbridge.ca

Travis Grindle, Internal Coordinator and Technical Committee Chair
403.329.7394  |  403.331.1737 | travis.grindle@lethbridge.ca