Horseshoe Canyon was buzzing with activity over the weekend with two events hosted by Kneehill County-the Growing Kneehill Long Table Dinner was held on Friday, August 12 and the Country Market farmer’s market was held the following day on Saturday, August 13.
This is the first dinner and farmer’s market event Kneehill County has hosted at Horseshoe Canyon after a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Kneehill County Reeve Jerry Wittstock says he is very excited to have it return.
“We have an opportunity to showcase the county, for economic development and to be known” Reeve Wittstock tells the Mail.
Reeve Wittstock adds, while most of the marketing and advertising for the event has been on the Kneehill County website, at the last dinner the county hosted there were people attending from British Columbia and as far away as California.
The dinner on Friday night highlighted locally sourced foods prepared by top chefs, paired with locally sourced beverages while enjoying the breathtaking views of Horseshoe Canyon. On Saturday, the Country Market also gave local vendors the opportunity to showcase their wares.
Reeve Wittstock adds, when the event has been held in the past, the county has received positive feedback from both vendors and attendees, and many of the vendors are excited to return.
“We have entrepreneurs and businesses in Kneehill County, who serve the county and (surrounding) area. We want to keep them viable, to keep and expand their businesses,” Reeve Wittstock said, adding the county is hoping to make this an annual event.
Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail