Canada 150 Cel­e­bra­tion ob­served at Suka­nen Ship Mu­seum

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It was a hot day but vis­i­tors flocked to the Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tion at the Suka­nen Ship Mu­seum. Volunteers were sur­prised at both the num­ber of se­niors brav­ing the 34 de­gree heat and the young fam­i­lies, with 1,080 com­ing. “We wanted to do some­thing for young peo­ple to get them in­ter­ested in our mu­seum,” said cel­e­bra­tion or­ga­nizer Keith Jelin­ski. “We need more young peo­ple in­volved.” Ad­mis­sion was only $1.50 in recog­ni­tion of Canada’s 150th birth­day. At­trac­tions ranged from a colour­ing con­test in the school to minia­ture horses, trac­tor rides, wagon rides, and the Big Sky Amuse­ments car­ni­val. The colour­ing was busy with all the old school desks oc­cu­pied at times dur­ing the day. Old timers vis­it­ing rem­i­nisced about the strap, the dunce cap and the desk size. The wagon rides were busy with old and young, as were three trac­tors giv­ing young­sters rides. Minia­ture horses from the Cozarts at Brown­lee were pop­u­lar. Cow­boy Poet Fred Cock­burn of Bri­er­crest opened his recital with com­ments about the weather. “Last win­ter when it was so cold I could hardly wait for hay­ing sea­son know­ing when hay­ing sea­son came, I could hardly wait for win­ter.” Cock­burn said his un­cle told him the hottest it ever got in Bri­er­crest was 112 de­grees Fahren­heit in 1937. That equals 44.4 de­grees Cel­sius. Car­ni­val op­er­a­tors Art and Marie Har­vey had two rides there, charg­ing only $1 per ride. “It was bet­ter than we ex­pected,” he said. The car­ni­val will re­turn Sept. 9 and 10 for the Thresh­ing Bee. In the con­ces­sion, volunteers sold 25 cent ice cream, cook­ies, muffins, bread with home-made jam and cof­fee. Sup­plies nearly ran out. The birth­day cake was cut and dis­trib­uted at 3 p.m. by long-time volunteers Elsie Meacher and Bob Jones. Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­joy@sask­tel.net

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