A great team effort from city staff helped Fort Saskatchewan earn top honours at the 2018 K-Days parade.
Judges were impressed enough with the city’s entry in last Friday’s (Jul.20) morning parade to award it best municipal float.
This is the first year Fort Saskatchewan has taken part in the annual K-Days kickoff event, getting a new chance to share some well-known local features with a bigger audience. Staff made a few changes to the city’s Canada Day float—outfitted with an inflatable replica water tower and some inflatable sheep--to get it ready for its Edmonton debut.
“We usually have the mayor on top of the pickup truck in the Canada Day parade,” said Leo Urrutia, corporate marketing officer with the city. “In K-Days we had our replica of Jarvis.”
Northwest Mounted Police inspector W.D. Jarvis founded Fort Saskatchewan back in 1875.
"That made the float quite big even for a parade such as K-days. So it was a very formidable entry that we had," Urrutia said.
The float also played some music for the crowd, getting parade watchers dancing and waving.
“It was very lively,” Urrutia added.
Staff from a number of city departments pitched in on the float project. Roads crew staff got behind the wheel of the float and city mechanics provided storage space. Custodial services moved the float from one facility to another and other staff helped get the necessary insurance.
Friday morning a panel of judges moved through the parade assembly area deliberating over the entries.
"As we were driving through one of the organizers approached us,” Urrutia said. “'Congratulations. You won. And she gave us the award. So it's quite sweet."

More Local News

RCMP looking for missing Fort Saskatchewan teen

The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP could use some help finding a missing teenager.

Sledge Hockey Day another success

It was the biggest year yet for the Robin Hood Association's third annual Sledge Hockey Day.

Primary Care Network says the best diet is a balanced one

How much food from each food group should be in meals?

Redwater council decides against increasing pool fees

Pool fees in Redwater will be staying the same for another year.

Fortis Alberta gives $25,000 to schools for environmental programs

Some local schools recently received funding.

École Campbelltown celebrate French heritage

As part of their month-long celebration “Mois de la francophonie albertaine” the students and staff of École Campbelltown held a special flag-raising ceremony for International Francophonie Day.

Freedom Conservatives choose Malcolm Stinson for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville

Malcolm Stinson was recently selected as the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta candidate in Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville.

Two pedestrians hit in crosswalks

Keep an eye out for pedestrians.

Fog advisory for the area

A fog advisory has been issued for the heartland.

Chamber hosting All Candidate Forum for provincial election

Residents will soon have the chance to hear from their candidates.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide