Armstrong centennial wants teens involved

City officials looking at ways to get youth involved during 2013 festivities

There’s something for almost everybody in the works for Armstrong’s centennial celebrations in 2013.

Everybody but the teens.

“We put all the events that we’re thinking of throughout the year across the wall on a calendar, and (committee member) Jack Jamieson looked at it and said, ‘there’s nothing up there for our youth,’” said Terri Wong, who has been hired to co-ordinate the centennial events.

“It was true. There really isn’t anything for people aged 13 to 19 that they’ll be interested in.”

Wong gave a draft of 2013 centennial events to council that could be held throughout the year, including things like a world record snowball or snowman attempt in January or February; a heritage week; reenactment of the original council meeting; book sales; car show; steam tractor demonstration.

These would coincide with existing Armstrong events such as the IPE, Music in the Park, Canada Day and Funtastic.

“I want something really big to stand out and appeal to all age groups, but to focus on 13-to 19-year-olds,” said Wong.

“There are lots of things on the calendar that appeal to older people in community and young families.

“I think we should do at least one sort of event for the youth.”

Wong plans to add high school and middle school students to her centennial committee to get their input.

An Armstrong homecoming weekend is also being planned for the centennial, and Wong is looking for someone to coordinate that event.

The city has also applied to have the RCMP Musical Ride return in 2013, after a successful appearance in 2011.