Rural Albertans are a hardy bunch! This past weekend the annual Craigmyle Pumpkin Fest took place despite the almost half foot of snow that arrived during the night. Plans had to be revised quickly; the hay ride was cancelled and all pumpkins and activities were moved to the Civic Center. Local volunteers ventured out despite the fact driving was a white wonderland with no differentiation between road and ditch!
Volunteers organized themselves and their responsibilities all the while fearing that the 100 pumpkins waiting for youngsters would go un-adopted and the lunch prepared would be enjoyed by the volunteers only. Surprise! Over 30 youngsters and their parents, as well as a number of hamlet folk, turned up on this miserable day to take part in the planned events. Each youngster chose their special pumpkin and took it home fully decorated. White pumpkins went home black; an alien pumpkin with 5 eyes of varying sizes was carried out along with many others, each taking on their own personality. Children enjoyed the indoor activities as well as a kid friendly lunch.
A fairly large number of pumpkins remained behind at the conclusion of the event. A Delia teacher, who had volunteered to help, was thrilled to collect enough pumpkins for each student in her class to be carved for Halloween. Volunteers took home pumpkins to process for their Thanksgiving pies. The group that manages the Craigmyle Beautification project ear-tagged a number of pumpkins to display at their homes as well as in public spaces in Craigmyle.
Thanks to the many volunteers who grew pumpkins this year: John Cranton, Lloyd and Cherryle Faechner, Linda Hoover, Linda Storch, Susan Rees, Greg and Jane Smith and Bev Bergman. Your efforts were very much appreciated.
Watch for next year’s event – the organizers will try to avoid the season-change weekend!
Please note there will not be a Craigmyle pancake breakfast in October due to the Thanksgiving weekend. The first pancake breakfast for the season will be held on November 4 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Coming up quickly is the Hanna Rummage Sale which is scheduled for October 6. Volunteers are needed to work with the Craigmyle Historic Society on October 4, 5 and 6. If you can spare a few hours on any of those days, please contact Linda Norlie at 665-2492 and offer your time.
Unfortunately, the Drumheller Mail is arriving in our mailboxes almost a week late now. Please understand the responsibility for this delay is Canada Post, not the Drumheller Mail. Last week a plea went out from the Drumheller Mail editor for anyone who travels from Delia to Hanna on Wednesdays to consider delivering the newspapers from Delia to Hanna. If a good reader is able to do this, please contact Ossie Sheddy at the Drumheller Mail, 403-8232580. This service would be appreciated by all Craigmyle and area residents.
Birthday Greetings go out to Wally Reding, Lane Rees and Ron Seeger on October 4; Sue Eggins on October 6; and Lily Allen and Ben Brinkman on October 8.
Have a great day!