If you follow my facebook page, then you know that on Sunday, May 25th, I had the opportunity to attend the Lilac Festival in the community of Mission in Calgary! This event is one that represents the beginning of festival season in Calgary and features music, vendors, food and lots of tiny dogs. I had such a great experience at this festival handing out program booklets to those who wanted them, though I spent more time interacting with people than actually doing my job (oops!). It was so surreal to have people coming up to me and asking if they could take a picture with me, and even more surreal to have people taking my picture without even asking first (I felt like a celebrity!).

I also talked to the lovely people at the Globalfest booth, and they wanted to feature us on their instagram account! That was a super cool moment for me.

One thing that I love about the Lilac Festival is that it is a strong supporter of local businesses. Almost every booth that was at the festival was either a small chain company, or a single, locally owned store. It was amazing to have the chance to help out the local retailers, and to talk to the owners of these businesses! I even met one woman who had just started her jewelry company a few months ago, but had already generated enough revenue to have a stand at the festival. It was truly inspiring and cool to see.

Not only did the festival this year celebrate the season, but it was also a symbol of Calgary’s strength. Less than one year ago the entire community in which the festival takes place was flooded, and numerous businesses had to shut down for months in order to fix the damage they had endured. CTV Calgary featured two businesses, a dentist and a spa, who had recently reopened just a few months ago and had managed to get back on their feet. I loved the sense of togetherness and resilience that the festival this year stood for, and it’s hard to believe that Calgary bounced back so quickly after the flooding.

I had so much fun at the Lilac Festival this year. There was an activity or booth there for everyone and it was an event that I’m glad I didn’t miss. 25 years is a long time, but those years have helped the festival grow into the iconic event that it is today. Thank you so much to Juliet, the volunteer coordinator, for having me, and I’ll see you again next year!

By the way, this is one of my amazing friends, Brianne, who stopped by the festival and said hi! And can we just take the time to appreciate that photobomb behind us? 😉

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