Festival of Words draws in super readers from all over the Lakeland

There were over 300 superheroes who took part in the 15th Annual Festival of Words in Cold Lake on Saturday.  Debbie Cardinal from Cold Lake Community Learning Council said this year’s event had the biggest turn out in terms of participation from organizations.

Appearing for the first time were Jay Bardyla from Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, and Edmonton artists Melanie Hohn and Perry Parker. Hohn, who works on storyboards for the Edmonton television series, Squeaks & Cheeks, and Parker, who is working on his graphic novel, Creation, were there to advise and encourage budding artists. Also appearing for the first time were the motorcycle group, Protection for the Unprotected, the Cold Lake Food Bank, and the Cold Lake Music Festival.

At the Kids Time Out Play Program table, children were making shields, and in the Cold Lake Public Library, people of all ages competed in the spelling bee, which was emceed by Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland. Chris Gill from 95.3 K-Rock provided high energy and commentary to the event. The Cold Lake R.C.M.P detachment were involved with story time, and members from the Cold Lake Manga group were doing comic strips and artwork for people.

As families circulated around the twenty booths, they could shot marshmallows with a slingshot at a villain, choose a free book, paint the letters in their name, and eat free cotton candy and pizza. Popular costumes included Batman, Spider-Man, and Harley Quinn, but there were many homemade costumes like the Feline Sisters and a little girl named Sarah who was wearing an S on her cape and an H in her hair (for Superheroes).

But what made all these superheroes unique was they were walking around with words on themselves; if your word was called between noon and four, you won one of the many prizes that were graciously donated for the event.