There’s a group of locals who get together, dress up as pioneers, have a good time and help others in the process.
Emily Marasco is part of The Wildies and said they are a community who both entertains and educates on various trailblazers in our history.
“We’ve got infamous outlaws, and famous leaders, and rebels, and really they were people who made significant contributions during their time.”
Right now, they’re looking for members and they’re not just limited to women.
“We’ve got lots of different roles, we’re looking to really expand our diverse representations of history. We’re very inclusive, we’re very welcoming, really anybody can be a Wildie, you don’t have to be over 18 either, we welcome the younger participants.”
The club participates in various parades in Alberta including the Calgary Stampede. They also make other appearances at events.
Their busy season is May to September.
All of the members play the part of a real person who lived between the 1820s to 1920s.
They have an artistic director who will work with each member to make sure your persona is authentic.
Marasco portrays Lucy Maud Montgomery, who is best known for being the author of the Anne of Green Gables books.
She said “We’re also looking for mountedmembers, we also have Klondike Kate, she was the first female member of the North-West Mounted Police.”
The group has held fundraisers in the past and has helped to raise money for local non profits including Big Hill Haven.
You can find more information about The Wildies HERE.