The Millarville Market Experience
If you haven’t done so already, join the thousands of people from Alberta who connect with our heritage at the century-old racetrack and fair grounds near the hamlet of Millarville on summer Saturdays for the Millarville Farmers’ Market.
With many vendors representing “growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists” the market, located just off the Cowboy Trail along Hwy 549 about 45 min southwest of Calgary, is a popular spot for those looking to escape the city, spend a day in the picturesque foothills, and find some of the freshest farmgrown products, and novel arts and crafts around Alberta.
The market runs Saturdays from June 17 to Oct. 7, 2017; with the gates open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $3.
The Farmers’ Market is just one of the six major attractions offered throughout the year by the 300 volunteer members of the Millarville Racetrack & Agricultural Society (MRAS). The society, which marks its 112th anniversary this year, started out as the Millarville Racing Club in 1905.
From its beginnings, a highlight of the year is the running of the Millarville Races, this year held July 1, 2017 at 12 noon. This race will also celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Race day is also a Farmers’ Market Day so come early and browse through the vendor booths. Attractions during the day include several races; thoroughbred racing with pari-mutuel betting, stock horse (our local horses and riders), ladies’ sidesaddle, pack horse and beer gardens. An activity-filled program for children rounds out the offering.
The MRAS organizes other annual events this year including: the 21st Millarville Rodeo, July 19 to 23; the “Run to the Farmers’ Market, half marathon, June 17; and, the Christmas Market, Nov. 9 to 12. Also this year, the 110th annual Priddis & Millarville Country Fair, runs August 19 to 20.
The Millarville Farmers’ Market is a great way for consumers to connect directly with farmers, growers, and artisans — to learn about how their crops are grown and the skill and talent vested in making a wide range of products.
Families are encouraged to join the Market Bucks program for kids 4-12 years. This initiative started in 2016 to get kids involved in discovering where their food comes from. They
gain confidence in conversation with farmers and artisans, and making healthy food choices. Thereby, children have the sole responsibly for maintaining their own punch card — all for a monetary reward that they can spend anywhere within the Market. Sign up during your next visit at the information booth located near the concession. All new participants get their own shopping bag.
By Lee Hart