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Council Pulls Plug on #REDNEK Show Due to Uncertainty of Covid

After careful consideration and with no short-term solution for the coronavirus pandemic in sight, the Town of Sedgewick regrets to announce that the #REDNEK concert featuring Gord Bamford and guests slated for March 20th, 2021 has been cancelled.  Full refunds will be offered for both table and individual seat sales beginning October 28th.  Tickets purchased at either the Killam or Sedgewick Wild Rose Co-op grocery stores and the Town of Sedgewick administration office will be refunded at the Town of Sedgewick administration office only.  Tickets must be presented to receive the refund.  Tickets purchased online through Ticketmaster will be refunded through that platform only.

The show was originally scheduled for April 18th, 2020 but was postponed to November once the province shut down due to the virus.  The concert was postponed once again to spring 2021 however with that date only being a few months away and the pandemic continuing to effect the ability to gather indoors, Town Council decided that another postponement was not appropriate.

“We greatly appreciate our sponsors and the music fans that have supported this initiative over the last 3 years,” stated Mayor Perry Robinson.  “We’ve accomplished a great deal in bringing these types of shows to a small community such as ours and we hope to bring more in the future once we find a path that allows us to do so.  In the meantime, we don’t feel it is fair to once again postpone the concert and hold onto the money of our loyal customers any longer.  Issuing full refunds is the right thing to do at this point and hopefully helps to further strengthen our relationship with our corporate sponsors and other ticket-buyers whether they are within or outside our region.”

Businesses and individuals who purchased a corporate table do not need to request a refund as cheques will be hand delivered.  Individual tickets can be refunded at the Town of Sedgewick administration office any time after 10am on October 28th.  Office hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm with the office being closed during the lunch hour.

Last Market of the Season to go October 8th

The hugely successful Flagstaff Fresh Market will host its final evening in 2020 on Main Street Thursday, October 8th. This is the third market to be held with the first two drawing large crowds to downtown Sedgewick and the third promising much the same.

29 vendors have been confirmed for the night including Metal X Wood Designs, Henry’s Honey, Wildrose Cinnamon Buns, NRG Coffee Co. and many others. Main Street mainstays include Barrio Cusina, The Wooden Spoon, Quirks Bakery and Branch 55. The River Jacks, who played in the first market, are set to return for one more time and will set up in front of the cenotaph.

The market runs from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and organizers would like to remind attendees to take Covid precautions and shop safely.

Canadian History Ehx Produces Episode on History of Sedgewick

A podcast on the history of the Town of Sedgewick has been developed by professional podcaster Craig Baird, and was released on September 17th. The episode covers many areas of Sedgewick’s history including the founding of the community, the pahpamiyhaw asiniy meteor, Sedgewick Museum and Archives, Goose Creek School and other fascinated aspects of the Town’s history.

To listen to the episode follow this link:

https://pdcn.co/e/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/canadahehx/Sedgewick.mp3

Next Fresh Market Set For Sept. 24th

The Flagstaff Fresh Market, which organizers described as ‘beyond successful’ after its pilot run is set to be held again in downtown Sedgewick on Thursday, September 24th. The first market, on August 27th had a great turnout with numerous vendors selling out all of their goods before the end of the evening. Live music filled the street throughout the evening and resulted in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere on Main Street.

The September 24th market is expected to attract even more vendors and will also feature an outdoor rock concert at the south end of Main Street featuring Edmonton cover band RockZilla. RockZilla has made appearances in Sedgewick before, namely at the Town of Sedgewick’s Christmas party in 2018 and also as the after-party act for the Honeymoon Suite, Lee Aaron and Prism show in fall 2019. With Covid-19 restricitions being eased, the band was eager to return to Sedgewick, as they felt a connection with our town through their previous performances.

The market runs from 4:30pm to 8pm with RockZilla playing live at 6pm. The show is free, although the Town of Sedgewick requests that attendees follow Covid-19 protocols at all times.

Lake Park Adopts Online Registration System

It has now become even easier for families and nature lovers to make reservations for overnight stays at Sedgewick Lake Park. The park, operated by a local non-profit board, has become the ‘jewel of central Alberta’ in recent years mainly due to the hard work and vision of a group of committed volunteers. The campground has visitors from throughout western Canada year after year mainly due to word-of-mouth.

The new booking system will increase the campground’s profile and provide more online exposure targeting those that looking for new areas to explore and stay.

To make a reservation, interested parties can go to campreservations.ca and check on availability as well as further information on the available amenities.

Canada Day Parade to Proceed

The 2020 Canada Day Parade will proceed in Sedgewick on July 1st with the parade commencing at 11am and following its traditional path down Main Street. Those that wish to enter floats are asked to meet at the AP Convenience Store and Gas Bar at 10:45am.

The 4800 block of Main Street will be closed to regular traffic between the hours of 10am and 12pm. Barricades will be strategically placed and parked vehicles will be asked to move to another location.

Due to Covid 19, the Town would like to remind residents and visitors that social distancing is still very important and individuals should always try to keep 2 meters between themselves and others. If you feel that social distancing will be difficult during the parade, the Town recommends that you wear a mask. The Town office is currently distributing free masks and they can be picked up during normal working hours.

Town of Sedgewick Holds Christmas Party

The Town of Sedgewick hosted their Annual Christmas Party on December 8th at the Sedgewick Community Hall for approximately 65 attendees. The evening consisted of a look back at 2018, a heartfelt ‘thank you’ from Town Council to the staff, firefighters and many community volunteers and live music from Edmonton-based rock band Rockzilla. Long Service Awards were presented by Mayor Perry Robinson to firefighters Shelby Boyd (5 years) and Perry Warren (5 years), public works operator Brent Polege (5 years) and assistant CAO Thelma Rogers (20 years).

Shelby Boyd accepting a 5-year award

 

Fire Chief Tyson Armitage receiving a 5-year award on behalf of Perry Warren

 

Brent Polege accepting a 5-year award

 

Thelma Rogers accepting a 20-year award

Clay Walker Exporting the Lone Star Lifestyle to Sedgewick

The Town of Sedgewick is pleased to announce that multi-platinum selling American country music artist Clay Walker has committed to a performance at the Wild Rose Co-op Recreation Centre on Saturday, April 6th, 2019.  One of the most successful country acts of the past decade, Walker is known for doing whatever it takes to please an audience and combines a dedicated work ethic with God-given talent to regularly bring crowds to their feet.

After exploding onto the Texas honky-tonk scene in 1993 with back-to-back #1 hits “What’s It To You” and “Live Until I Die”, Walker went on to place 31 titles on the Billboard’s singles chart including other chart toppers such as “Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open”, “If I Could Make A Living”, and “Rumour Has It”.  Throughout his career, Walker’s smooth, evocative voice and energetic stage presence has helped him score four platinum and two gold albums along with legions of dedicated fans and national acclaim.  After achieving total album sales of over eleven million and eleven #1 hit singles, he has recently released his highly anticipated newest single “Working On Me” featuring what is being coined as addicting grooves and tender-hearted lyrics.

Growing up in the Lone Star State, Walker knew early that he wanted to be a country recording artist and follow in the footsteps of friends Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd.  At 16-years-old while working the night shift at a Super 8, he convinced a radio station to play a song he self-recorded on a cassette tape despite being against corporate policy.  This moment changed his life forever as a lengthy string of hits followed throwing him into the national spotlight.

Walker is making Alberta stops in Sedgewick, Brooks and Penhold. Tickets go on sale December 12th.

Despite his success, Walker has never strayed far from his Texas roots and lone star lifestyle.  In 1996 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was told by his doctor that he would likely be in a wheelchair within four years and facing death in eight.  More than 20 years later, through a combination of hard work in managing his symptoms along with timely medical breakthroughs, Walker has become an inspiration to his fans and continues to be one of the hardest working country artists in the business.  “I think the best years of my recording career are ahead of me,” claims the country crooner.  “I believe if the good Lord wants it, who’s going to stop it?”

Walker takes to Campbell-McLennan Chrysler stage at 9pm on April 6th, with a to-be-named supporting act kicking off the show at 8pm.  The concert will be the third such show hosted in Sedgewick within the last 9 months with Canadian party-band Trooper rocking the venue in July and country singer Brett Kissel attracting a capacity audience in early November.  “We’ve had a couple of really successful shows already in 2018 that really exceeded our expectations,” said Town of Sedgewick CAO Jim Fedyk.  “Right now our plan is to space out two shows over the course of the year and try to continue with the current momentum.  We feel our area is craving this type of entertainment and so far, thanks especially to the tremendous corporate support, we’ve been able to deliver.”  Tickets for the show go on sale on December 12th at 10am and can be purchased at the Town of Sedgewick’s administration office, Sedgewick or Killam Co-op grocery stores, or at ticketmaster.ca.

Rockzilla Show & Dance Invitation!

The Town of Sedgewick invites Everyone to a rocking Christmas Show and Dance at the Sedgewick Community Hall December 8th!

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There’s Nothing Rougher Than the Rough Stock Rodeo

The Sedgewick Agricultural Society pulled off another Rough Stock Rodeo over the weekend. The event started off with a pancake breakfast and included a trade show and kids tractor pull before the big boys took to the arena at 3pm.

The rodeo is one of the biggest annual summer events in the area and the organizers seem to have it down to a science.  Hundreds of entertained individuals came out for the show and none were disappointed.  Congratulations to the Ag Society for hosting another terrific event in the Town of Sedgewick!

Looks pretty rough!

 

and a little rougher!

 

This hombre seems to be the roughest!