The 2018 Alberta Summer Games will officially kick off on July 19 at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley.
Located west of Grande Prairie, the museum will play host to the Games’ opening ceremonies. More than 2,500 athletes, ages 11-17, will be competing in 13 different sports in the city and county on July 19-22.
Susan Hunter, executive director of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, said the museum and its staff are excited to be the host site for the opening ceremonies.
She said the event is expected to draw thousands of people.
“We are so excited to host this event. We are so thrilled and pumped to know that we will be kicking off such an important part of Alberta’s, not only sport heritage, but really who we are, and that’s supporting youth, and having sports and competition and bringing out our best athletes,” said Hunter.
“For some, it’s really their Olympic-like experience and to play a role in that and be a host is really a privilege and an honour for us.”
The museum is an ideal location for the opening ceremonies because the museum was “really built on big dreams”, according to Hunter.