June 18th 2014

Small towns offer more than meets the eye

satelite captureThere’s a common misconception that life in a small town is boring, leaving lots to be desired.

While a town the size of Vulcan might not have a 24-7 party life, that’s a far cry from saying there’s never anything to do.

Quite the contrary — especially at this time of year.

The 25th annual Tinman Triathlon was held June 7, and its success remains unchallenged. About 1,000 participants came to Vulcan, but that number doesn’t even take in account all the friends and family members who came out to support them.

Then there was, of course, Spock Days, easily the town’s largest event of the year. While numbers aren’t actually tracked, Vulcan swells up with visitors and residents for the weekend-long event that caters to families and Trek fans alike.

On July 19, the annual Show ’n’ Shine, which features a popular demolition derby, followed the next morning by the annual Fly-In Breakfast, will again bring many visitors to town while at the same time offering residents something to do.

While it doesn’t compare to the scale of the Calgary Stampede, the annual Sid Hartung Rodeo, scheduled this year for Aug. 16-17, promises its spectators a much more personal show. Anyone on a budget won’t see much from the bleeders in Calgary, but the modest flat fee admission to the Sid Hartung allows spectators to check out the action up close and personal if they so choose.

Also, new this summer is a lineup of concert series at the Market Street Foods greenhouse — check out the Vulcan Tourism Society’s website for scheduled dates.

As autumn approaches, the Town’s recreation department plans to again organize the Family Fall Fair, which was first held in 2010.

The recreation department also plans to continue with its own concert series lineup, which will be in its sixth year.

The annual Family New Year’s eve event also seems to have garnered more popularity since it was started just four years ago.

Even when there isn’t an annual event lined up, there are options to keep busy.

During the summer, there’s a fantastic outdoor swimming pool, an affordable golf course that gives larger clubs a run for their money, a skate park that the Town’s recreation department plans to upgrade, a well-maintained walking path for cyclists, walkers and runners, a high-quality fitness centre and a stocked fishing pond. Not to mention that only about 20 minutes away is Little Bow Provincial Park.

During the winter, the Vulcan District Arena sees its fair share of use, as does the adjacent curling rink. It’s not even uncommon to see cross country ski tracks left in the snow along the walking path. And while there’s no cinema, there is an independent video store —an impressive feat considering the collapse of the big chains.

Simon Ducatel Reporter

The Vulcan Advocate