Homecoming Activities & Events

The Heritage Committee will be hosting a series of events to celebrate Calmar’s history. The events will kick off in January and run monthly until the Homecoming Week and Celebration.

January – “Show Your Homecoming Spirit” Window Decorating Contest

Decorate your window(s) to show your homecoming spirit in present day or historic design. There are no real rules other than we want you to WOW the Heritage Committee with your homecoming spirit.

February – Time Capsule Poll

On August 19, 2021, the Heritage Committee will be burying a time capsule filled with items depicting Calmar’s past and present. Community members are being polled to gather ideas and items for the Time Capsule. Submit your ideas through the Time Capsule Poll today! For sharing your ideas, you will be entered into a draw to win a collector Homecoming Sweatshirt. Deadline to submit is February 28, 2021.

March – Virtual Costume Contest

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live as a 1900’s prairie settler or oil rig roughneck? Us too! The Heritage Committee invites you to get in character. Join the virtual costume contest this month to showcase your interpretation of time honoured attire from one of the following eras:

  1. 1894 – 1920
  2. 1954 – 1977

Hold on to your costume because you may need it for the Historic Tailgate Party being planned for August 20, 2021.

April –Writing Contest Winner Announcement and Readings at the Library

Join the Heritage Committee as winners are announced from the Calmar Library’s Writing Contest. The winning submission(s) will be included in the Pioneers and Progress Book, Volume 2. The event will also include feature readings selected by the committee. Date to be announced.

May – Sunflowers & Bicycles

Originally meant to have a kickoff social event at Woodland Park, Provincial Health Guidelines have required some tweaking to this event.  Still, the Heritage Committee is partnering with Communities in Bloom (Calmar) to bring back the community sunflower by hosting a sunflower growing contest. Registration is open until May 31, and judging will occur in August 2021 during the week of Homecoming.

Enter the contest today by completing the form HERE. The contest rules, tips for growing and a packet of sunflowers seeds will be mailed to you once your registration is received. Prizes will be awarded at the time of judging.

June – Farmer’s Day Pancake Breakfast, Kids Tractor Pull and Recipe Collection

As with many other towns in our province farming was, and continues to be, integral to the fabric of our community. You are invited to help recognize the contribution of farming to Calmar by attending the Farmer’s Day pancake breakfast where the kids can take part in a Tractor Pull contest (please note: this event may be modified to accommodate Provincial Health Guidelines at the current time). The Heritage Committee will be present to collect your favourite family recipes for the 125 Homecoming Cookbook.

Date: June 12, 2021
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Mike Karbonik Arena

July – Backyard BBQ Cook-Off

Be your own hero! Okay, and ours!! Enter the Backyard BBQ Cook Off for your chance to claim the title of Calmar’s BBQ Majesty. Date and further details to be announced.

August – Homecoming Week

August 16 – Movie Under the Stars
August 17 – Lantern Walk through Time
August 18 – Pop Up Museum
August 19 – Time Capsule Burying Ceremony
August 20 – Historic Tailgate Market Party
August 21 – Homecoming Banquet & Dance
August 22 – Farewell Pancake Breakfast

NOTE:  Activities/events may be changed or cancelled pending Covid-19 restrictions.

For more information read:
Historic Calmar
Pioneers & Progress Book Volume 2
Historic Walking Tour
Homecoming Logo & Collector Items