Our wee hamlet was a beehive of activity this past Saturday, with vehicles looking for parking spots and young families wandering the streets. Those who have lived here for some length of time commented on what a delight it was to see such activity in our usually quiet berg.
This was all an indication the Craigmyle Pumpkin Fest was a success! Although I initially expressed concern through the column about having enough pumpkins, the patch ended up with well over 200 orange, yellow and green prime pumpkins. Thanks go to local growers John Cranton (who really had a bumper crop); Lloyd and Cherylle Faechner; Thelma Bossert and yours truly.
Approximately 50 youngsters got to pick their pumpkin from the lot and take it home adorned with paint, glitter and stickers of all sorts. As well, youngsters went home with pumpkins painted on their faces and arms; pictures taken at the pumpkin photo booth; lots of prizes earned at the Penny Arcade and full tummies from the concession. This event is not designed to be a fund-raiser but organizers are happy that all expenses were covered for the day.
It seemed the highlight of the day was the hayride to the pumpkin patch, as youngsters enjoyed taking the ride more than once just for the fun of it. Kudos to local volunteer firefighters, Edwin Burt and Doug Sawyer who helped make the day so much fun for the children and such a success.
The Craigmyle Volunteer Fire Department is a vital part of our community – responding to fire and medical emergency situations with efficiency and promptness. All those who volunteer for this worthwhile cause are to be commended.
Now, the Craigmyle Fire Department is, once again, giving to our community by hosting an open house on September 21 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. in the new fire hall. All community members are invited to come out and see the new fire hall and upgraded equipment. Burgers, hotdogs, salads, beverages and ice cream will be on hand for all who can attend. The Fire Department is hoping to make this another community event that everyone can enjoy. Mark your calendars and come out to support this local event. Let’s hope that, once again, vehicles will be looking for a parking spot in Craigmyle!
I am saddened to report the recent passing of Ted Allen of Calgary. Condolences go out to his wife Katie; son and daughter, John and Judy; and daughter-in-law Joanne, wife of the late Tim Allen; and their extended families. Ted and Katie raised their children on the family farm north of Craigmyle, where their children attended school. They were faithful and active community supporters before retiring to Calgary. Ted was an invaluable source of historic information during research at the time of the Craigmyle Centennial.
The harvest season is upon us! God speed and good luck to all you combiners and grain haulers!