Donna Hanel named hon­ourary pa­rade mar­shal

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - CON­TRIBUTED

The Fron­tier City, Swift Cur­rent, kicks off the sum­mer with the big­gest cel­e­bra­tion in South­west Saskatchew­an. The 81st edi­tion of Fron­tier Days 2019 is cel­e­brat­ing “Cow­boy Boots & Prairie Roots.”

The 2019 Fron­tier Days Pa­rade com­mit­tee proudly an­nounces the Fron­tier Days 2019 Hon­orary Pa­rade Mar­shal is Donna Hanel.

Hanel wel­comes every­one to the 2019 Fron­tier Days Pa­rade set for June 29 at 10 a.m. The Pa­rade theme is ‘Get Your Prairie On.”

Hanel who grew up on the Lawrence Ranch, south­west of Maple Creek is very proud of her prairie roots. Weather in­flu­enced ev­ery as­pect of life on the ranch and Hanel had to live in town dur­ing the win­ter months to at­tend school.

Hanel is no stranger to Fron­tier Days and re­mem­bers haul­ing her horse from Maple Creek in a grain truck and set­ting up tents for the Fair. She was very in­volved with 4-H as a beef leader and judged record books for the fam­ily fair.

In 1953, she was very ex­cited and hum­bled to at­tend the Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion in Toronto and judged chick­ens as a 4-H mem­ber.

Hanel was one of the first women to at­tend the Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture at the Uni­ver­sity of Saskatchew­an.

She ob­tained her de­gree in 1960. This landed her a job at the Swift Cur­rent Re­search Sta­tion from 19601969 in the bio-chem­istry lab.

The re­search sta­tion is where she met her hus­band Bill Hanel. They got mar­ried and had three sons; Boyd, Brian, and Blair.

In 1967, they moved from Swift Cur­rent and bought their Ranch (the Fly­ing K) from Dr. Keene. In 1972 they bought their first Red An­gus cows and at that time there were only two other Red An­gus breed­ers in Saskatchew­an. Hanel was awarded by the Saskatchew­an An­gus As­so­ci­a­tion in 1999 as their Hon­orary Pres­i­dent, and most re­cently in 2018 as the re­cip­i­ent of the Her­itage Award.

Hanel is ac­tively in­volved with St. Stephen’s Angli­can Church. She has al­ways had a love of gar­den­ing, and many pets have re­ceived her spe­cial care over the years.

Hanel looks for­ward to see­ing every­one at the WW Smith Pan­cake Break­fast with the burn­ing of the Fron­tier Days brand Wed­nes­day, June 26 at Mar­ket Square – and along the pa­rade route on June 29.

The Swift Cur­rent Agri­cul­tural and Ex­hi­bi­tion As­so­ci­a­tion is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with a man­date to pro­vide ser­vice to and enhance the life of res­i­dents in the ar­eas of agri­cul­ture, en­ter­tain­ment, sport and cul­ture to the com­mu­nity and the re­gion. Through the de­liv­ery of these pro­grams we con­trib­ute greatly to the com­mu­nity of Swift Cur­rent.

On an an­nual ba­sis they pur­chase over one mil­lion dol­lars’ worth of goods and ser­vices, uti­lize more than 20,000 vol­un­teer hours and at­tract over 200,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.