Three Hills packed for Summer Celebration



It was a huge weekend for Three Hills as they celebrated their annual Summer Celebration.
The Three Hills Recreation Park was bursting at the seams as about 100 recreational vehicles arrived to house weekend ball players, Provincial soccer fans and more.
A sold-out 16 team 6th Annual Three Hills Canadians' Ball 'n Bash mixed softball tournament kicked off Friday evening and finished up Sunday with the Championship games. The Big Valley Stealers took the A Event, with Balls To The Wall first in the B. It was the Bull Dogs taking top spot in the C and X-Traz won the D side.
Saturday morning's Grand Parade saw early showers but by the stroke of 11 am, the clouds broke and one of the best Parades ever commenced.
Three members of the Three Hills RCMP Detachment led the two kilometer procession. A highlight of this year's Parade was the Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts, of Calgary.
This Competition Band had just earned accolades at the 2010 Calgary Stampede by clinching First in the Senior Band Division, Best Overall Band and Best Canadian Band. The Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts are the only marching band in Calgary Stampede history to be awarded these honours for two consecutive years. Following the Parade, the band performed a "Stand the Blow" in the downtown core. The huge crowd attending responded with cheers and applause.
The annual Parade ran 50 minutes from start to finish. Three Hills IDA Pharmacy won Best Commercial and Best Overall Float. Servus Credit Union won the Commercial Stock category.
Senior Horse and Rider was awarded to Joshua Vander Wind with second place going to Chester Block. Junior Rider was awarded to Nina Maxwell, with second place going to Stephanie Boles.
Best Organizational Float was awarded to Hillside Lanes with second to GuZoo Animal Farm.
In Vintage Vehicle, first place went to John Tupper for his 1928 Model A Ford. Second place went to Dan Wiebe for his 1950 Field Marshall.
There were 18 Firefighters competing in the 4th Annual Battle of the Axes competitions held outside of the new Three Hills Fire Hall. Keith Bruneski, of Three Hills Fire and Rescue, came up the winner.
About 40 keen competitors, aged five to adult, participated in the "Box Hockey" Tournament. Marcus Brown, of Three Hills, won first place and was awarded a Box Hockey system. Paul Brown, tournament organizer, reports that the event raised enough money to purchase two water filters for the Samaritan's Purse Water Filter project. Paul reports that the Box Hockey equipment, owned by Manor Gospel Church, is available for use at charitable events by calling Paul at 443-5983.
Additional Saturday events saw a well-attended Neons Swim Club Breakfast, hosted by Three Hills IGA, the annual Knox United Church Luncheon following the Parade and the amazing Kid's Carnival at the Three Hills Curling Rink featuring inflatable bouncers, an inflatable slide, 18-hole miniature golf, carnival games, face painting by Beany the Clown and the magnificent train, owned and operated by Ken Sanderman. The Kid's Carnival is free to all children with prizes galore and ice cold refreshments, all sponsored by the Three Hills and District Chamber of Commerce.