Craigmyle Car­di­nal

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Our lit­tle ham­let came to life this past Satur­day when a great many fam­i­lies ar­rived in town to take part in the An­nual Craigmyle Pump­kin Fest. Most of the ac­tiv­i­ties were lo­cated outdoors and the “weather gods” smiled down and pro­vided a fine day for the event; at least un­til the daily wind came up later in the day! Young­sters milled about the church grounds try­ing to take ad­van­tage of all the great things hap­pen­ing. A clown photo booth and other in­ter­est­ing photo props kept par­ents busy snap­ping pic­tures. Face paint­ing and gi­ant out­door games of Ker­plunk and Con­nect 4 were avail­able at no cost.

The highlight of the day was the hayride to the pump­kin patch where each young­ster chose their very own “most special” pump­kin. The pump­kin patch, dec­o­rated with scare­crows, bales, flow­ers and pump­kins, cre­ated great photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. Upon re­turn­ing to the church, each pump­kin owner took their trea­sure to the Pump­kin Dec­o­rat­ing Cen­ter where they uti­lized their own flair to make a unique pump­kin cre­ation.

For a small fee young­sters could pur­chase tick­ets which en­ti­tled them to par­tic­i­pate in their choice of eight dif­fer­ent cen­ters where they could win points to cash in for prizes. The prize ta­ble man­ager was in­deed a busy per­son dol­ing out the prizes as the young­sters cashed in their earned points.

A kid friendly lunch was also avail­able for fam­i­lies to en­joy in the cool church base­ment.

One at­tendee, who was about three years old, chose a small or­na­men­tal white pump­kin when he went to the patch. Upon re­turn­ing he wan­dered to one of the free ac­tiv­i­ties, car­ry­ing his wa­ter bot­tle and his minia­ture white pump­kin. The at­ten­dant at the ac­tiv­ity he was ey­ing up of­fered to look af­ter his wa­ter bot­tle and his pump­kin while he played the game. He will­ingly gave up his wa­ter bot­tle but still clutched his pump­kin. When the at­ten­dant sug­gested he could put his pump­kin down he replied, “I can’t.” She as­sured him that she would look af­ter it very well and make sure no one took it. To which the lit­tle boy replied, “No, I can’t let you hold it be­cause my pump­kin will miss me.”

It is mo­ments like that when you know that the time in­vested in an event has been worth ev­ery sec­ond!

This year’s Craigmyle Pump­kin Fest in­volved well over 20 vol­un­teers, who so will­ingly gave their time on a week­end to pro­vide a fun time for fam­i­lies. All th­ese vol­un­teers need to be com­mended for their ef­forts. You helped cre­ate a grand ex­pe­ri­ence for so many chil­dren. To view some great pic­tures of the event, check out the Craigmyle Historic So­ci­ety face­book page.

Or­ga­niz­ing vol­un­teers were busy in the days be­fore the pump­kin fest but an­other group of vol­un­teers, who have been work­ing for months for this event, were highly chal­lenged with this year’s se­vere drought. Thanks go to pump­kin grow­ers Su­san Rees, John Cran­ton, Mike Hart, Donna John­son, Barb Lau­son, Cher­rylle Faech­ner and Bev Bergman who all con­trib­uted pump­kins to the event. Left over pump­kins will be dis­trib­uted to schools and the nurs­ing home.

The pur­pose of the pump­kin fest is to pro­vide an in­ex­pen­sive fun day for fam­i­lies. Any fees charged are de­signed to help pay for the cost of the event. In re­al­ity, this event of­ten does not pay for it­self.

Watch for the next Pump­kin Fest com­ing up, which will likely be on Septem­ber 8, 2018.

The ex­treme hot dry weather has cre­ated ideal fire haz­ard con­di­tions. In the very early morn­ing hours of Septem­ber 8 a fire started south of Craigmyle that was quite out of hand by the time it was dis­cov­ered. Farm­yards lay in its path and lo­cal Fire De­part­ments, Hut­terite Colonies and farm­ers re­sponded to the need for help. The fire was con­tained af­ter burn­ing a num­ber of acres of hay and pas­ture land and an aban­doned farm­stead. Craigmyle fire­fight­ers were on the scene for 15 con­sec­u­tive hours. Fire Chief, Brent Olm­stead, was look­ing a bit weary as he took the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Pump­kin Fest hay ride the next day.

I am sad­dened to re­port the re­cent pass­ing of for­mer Craigmyle res­i­dent Ken Rees of Dids­bury. Ken and his wife, Bev, have been key play­ers in the ren­o­va­tions in the Craigmyle Church base­ment over the past 10 years. As well as vol­un­teer­ing his help to com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and events, Ken will­ingly gave hours of his time to help any friends in this com­mu­nity. Sin­cere con­do­lences go out to Bev, Duane, Mike and Heather, their spouses and chil­dren as well as Ken’s ex­tended fam­ily. Good peo­ple are so missed.

Birth­day greet­ings go out to Bar­ney Ir­win on Septem­ber 16; Dawn Han­son and Don West on Septem­ber 18; Sean Olm­stead on Septem­ber 19; and Grant Hunter and Con­nie West who share Septem­ber 20. Happy An­niver­sary to Vern and Dawn Han­son on Septem­ber 21. Have a great day!

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