On Saturday, October 1, the City of Airdrie is hosting a Homecoming Festival, meant to bring together the community, and its people, and celebrate all the things that make Airdrie a wonderful home to its 68-some-thousand residents.

As part of the day's entertainment, local music star Brandon Lorenzo will be performing Ed Eggerer Athletic Park Football Field at 2:30 p.m. Lorenzo admitted this is his first home show in some time. Still, he said he wants to bring all the energy on stage.

"it's going to be a great time. We're all just going to have fun and celebrate. We're just putting Airdrie on the map with this and I am super happy that I could actually be a part of it."

And while the Homecoming Festival is meant to celebrate the resiliency Airdronians have displayed during the tumultuous years of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also meant as a way to say 'thank you' to all first responders, health care professionals and businesses who have made a difference in the community. Lorenzo himself said that the pandemic was difficult for him, and one of the ways he coped with the cycle of lockdowns was his now famous patio and driveway concerts. However, he said he is looking forward to Saturday, to be able to see fans in person.

"It's just going be great to see everybody and actually come together and I think it's just a great way to have a bunch of artists celebrate; including what first responders have done," he said. 

Apart from Lorenzo's set, artists including, DJ Set, Scarlett Butler, Blake Reid Band, Lisa Brokop, Julian Austin, and Kyle McKearney will also be playing at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park on Saturday.

The family-friendly free event starts at 12 p.m. with a Kick-off Pep Rally at Ed Eggerer, followed by a Homecoming Tailgate Party. The day will be filled with events for anyone and everyone, including wellness speakers, kids and teen Zone, as well as a drive-in movie doubleheader featuring the movies Hook and Ghost Ship. 

The drive-in movies are hosted by the BGC Airdrie with generous support from Qualico Communities, Sterling Homes and NuVista Homes. Optional donations to the Boys and Girls Club will be accepted at the event. To cap the night off, a fireworks show will commence at 8:30 p.m. 

The event is funded by the Government of Canada through the Commemorate Canada Grant, Reopening Fund Component.

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