It was a fantastic day in Strathmore on Saturday, especially Saturday morning as the Strathmore Stampede and Heritage Day parade came through town. One of the guest during the parade was Bow River MP Martin Shields. The local MP then hosted his annual hot dog barbecue fundraiser at Kinsmen Park with guest MLA Leela Sharon Aheer.

Each year the barbecue serves as a fundraiser for the Strathmore Municipal Library. This year they were able to raise about $500 for Strathmore’s library.

Shields was thrilled to see the support for this year's Strathmore Stampede.

“It’s fantastic. The event they put on, they sell out the stands. People really come out to support it because they put on quality,” he said. “They attract the best of the cowboys and cowgirls. The cowboys that come out those events they’re at the top, and then the stock that is there, the animals are fantastic,” he said. “People know that they're going to have a really good quality, well run event, and so people really enjoy coming.”

About the parade he said, “Well, the parade itself was I believe record setting in how many entries they had.” He explained that there were so many people that came out to watch as well.

“The parade itself was tremendous in the number of people who put entries into it, which was great."

Once the parade was over people were invited down to Kinsmen Park to attend Shields’ hot dog fundraiser.

“The hot dog event that we do, raising money for the library, we've done this now for a number of years. It's fantastic that we can set this up and people come out to support the library because it's a tremendous service in the community, what libraries do, so we're happy to support the library,” he said.

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