Things have been running at full gallop for the organizers and community supporters of getting events ready for the upcoming Lac La Biche Summer Days.
One of those events slated for this coming weekend of activities is the Lord Strathcona's Horse (RC) Mounted Troop. The performance and pageantry of the military-based demonstration has been seen in the community twice before, bringing cheers and appreciation from stands packed with spectators. This year's show will offer the same skills, historic relevance and precision horsemanship — but the location is moving.
Normally held at the Lac La Biche Agriculture Society's riding arena, the Lord Strathcona's visit this Saturday afternoon will be at the Fleming Cats yard on Nashim Drive. (#10 14104 Nashim Drive to be exact) A new riding area will be ready for the show, complete with grandstands, parking and even room for a sit-down fish fry. The show is free of charge and is being hosted by Lloyd and Lavon Fleming.
The show is slated to start at 3 pm on Saturday, but organizers suggest spectators plan to get there early. While there is parking available on-site, the space is limited. Lavon Fleming, who is also this year's new president the Lac La Biche Pow Wow Days Association, is encouraging residents to think about car-pooling or even using the lakeshore trail along Nashim Drive to walk to the event. There has been some discussion about the use of a shuttle bus from downtown locations, but going into the start of the week, there had been no official confirmation.
The Fleming Cats yard is located along Nashim Drive, the roadway that follows the south shore of Lac La Biche Lake from the four-way-stop intersection at 105 Street and 101 B Avenue in Lac La Biche. For travellers coming from west of Lac La Biche, the easiest route is to turn onto the Mission Road at the Lac La Biche airport and then turn right again on Nashim Road. The driveway access is on the north side of Nashim Drive. The location is about a 20 minute walk from the Big Dock area near the David Thompson statue in Lac La Biche, following a marked walking path alongside the lake.
The weekend of Lac La Biche Summer Days events runs from this Friday, July 30 and wraps up on Sunday. Organized by the newly elected 2021 Pow Wow Days and Fish Derby Association members, the Summer Days event will be a modified version of the annual Lac La Biche community summer event that has been held since the early 1960s.
The Lord Stratchona's Horse (RC) Mounted Troop show is a free admission show. The Rotary Club fish fry that will be offered following the horse display is $5 a plate with all proceeds going back to the local Rotary club.