Gibbons and area residents were treated to food and fun at the 2018 Pioneer Days.
More than 500 people came out on Saturday (July 14) to enjoy activities like laser tag, a petting zoo, and a bouncy castle. Other attractions included circus workshops, pony rides, a parade in the morning, and a chance to drop the mayor and other town employees in a dunk tank.
Pioneer Days is an annual event, falling each year in mid-July.
"We always change a little bit up each year," said Stephanie Wilibnisky, community special events and recreation coordinator with the Town. "I like to bring in the new fun activities, but we definitely have some of our main staples here too."
Despite some windy and chilly weather, turnout for the parade was substantial and enthusiatic according to Wilibnisky. "We had tons of really energetic people and really decorated floats," she said.
Pioneer Days is an important event for people outside the immediate Gibbons community as well.
"It brings not only the residents of Gibbons together for a fun, family, community event but we get everyone from the Sturgeon County area and Fort Saskatchewan and Morinville," said Wilibnisky. "All these towns together just shows a lot of pride from where we live."
Tomorrow's (July 15) events include a slow pitch ball tournament and an interdenominational church service at the Gibbons museum grounds.
Attendees at the event were also treated to live music and a variety of free food.
The family movie was cancelled due to adverse weather on Friday night.