Last Saturday’s Craigmyle Pumpkin Fest was a resounding success. Well over 100 people of all ages, serenaded by the Craigmyle Fire Truck siren, enjoyed the hay ride to the pumpkin patch. Once at the patch, youngsters jumped off the hay wagon, eager to choose their very own pumpkin. One young lad that I observed quickly picked his pumpkin; then proceeded to carry it around the patch while studying the remaining pumpkins. After a while, he set his pumpkin down and chose another one. This process was repeated several times until the “pumpkin hunter” was convinced he had found just the right one, at which point he ran with his treasure to catch the waiting hay wagon back to the church basement. Pumpkin owners then created their own masterpiece pumpkin with the help of paint and stickers. Pumpkins, starting out as green, orange or white, were quickly transformed into unique creations. The volunteers manning this table stated that we have to find some way to develop black pumpkins, as that seemed to be this year’s most favoured “pumpkin transformation” colour.
The “games table” was a very popular attraction, with youngsters taking home a great many prizes. The volunteer member manning the games is convinced that there were at least a thousand kids competing for her attention. Door prize winners were Taylor Bailey and Adalyd Dwanka.
Families in attendance hailed from as far away as San Antonio, Texas. Other out of area attendees came from Calgary, Three Hills, Chinook and likely other areas I am not aware of.
Although very thrilled with the large attendance, the organizers were not quite prepared for the numbers. Nevertheless, those present maintained good humour and waited patiently for their turn. Watch for next year’s pumpkin fest. Plans are beginning to form for an even better one!
The next Craigmyle Historic Society meeting will be held on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 pm in the church basement. All interested persons are invited to attend.
An exciting piece of news is the arrival of a new family in Craigmyle. Erik and Joy Bjorn have moved from the USA and taken up residence in our small hamlet. They have been mingling with the locals at district events and our community is so pleased to welcome them.
Ken and Bev Rees were the hosts for a beehive of family activity this past weekend when their son, Mike, and grandson, Rylan, arrived from Texas for a few days visit. Many other family members, not quite so distant, took the opportunity to catch up with Mike and enjoy Ken and Bev’s hospitality and great food.
I am saddened to report the recent passing of Lucille Norlie of Calgary. Lucille grew up north of Craigmyle and received her education at the Craigmyle and Delia Schools. After taking a business course, Lucille moved to Ontario where she lived for many years before returning to Alberta. Sincere condolences go out to Lucille’s sisters Jean Stenhouse and Melba Fabick; her brother Chuck Norlie; local cousins Larry and Jim Norlie and Art Bergman and all their families.
The Delia Library has some interesting programs for September. For further information about any of the following exciting events call the library at 403364-3777.
The TREX Art Exhibition is happening at the library during regular hours until September 23. Drop by and view this interesting exhibit of pictures.
Jazzercise will be held on Monday and Wednesday eve- nings 7:00-8:00 pm.
Leapfrog and Tadpole Preschool Story-time will be held on September 20 and 27 at 11:15 am – 12:00 pm.
Book Bites Adult Reading Club is on Wednesday, September 28, 6:30-7:30 pm
Birthday Greetings go out to Barney Irwin and Greg Shep- pard both sharing September 16; Dawn Hanson and Don West sharing September 18; Sean Olmstead on September 19; and Grant Hunter and Connie West sharing September 20. Happy Anniversary to Vern and Dawn Hanson on August 21. Have a Great Day!