Pine Lake Country Fair & Sports Day results


Greta Hargreaves Memorial Trophy presented by Ann (Hargreaves) Gelinas to Gwen Renouf

The 24th Annual Pine Lake Country Fair & Sports Days, sponsored by the Crossroads Agricultural Society was held August 13-15 at Crossroads Ag Park, Pine Lake. Old-fashioned family fun for the entire family was had under beautiful blue skies.
The weekend kicked off with a great Dinner & Show on Friday night. Following the dinner, the Crossroads Ag Society was proud to present a Tribute to Johnny Cash. This outstanding show brought us the history, sound, and feelings of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
This year's Fair Theme was "A Salute to the 2010 Winter Olympics." Fair Exhibits were judged Saturday morning and beautifully displayed in the West Wing throughout the weekend. Fair Chairperson, Judy Dreeshen, complimented the quality of the exhibits, and expressed the pride by which the Crossroads Ag Society showcases the creative talent of the local artisans.
The 2010 Grand Aggregate Winner of the Fair Exhibits was Gwen Renouf of Elnora.
Section Aggregate Winners were as follows: Grains & Grasses won by Margaret Mose; Preserves won by Gwen Renouf; Baking won by Gwen Renouf; Needlecraft won by Doris Warke; Handcraft won by Doug Wood; Art won by Barrie Moore with Honourable Mention going to Rose Douglas, Hayley Bosma, Tara Morris; Photography won by Tannis Dancey Fletcher; Flowers, Vegetables, & Fruit won by Gwen Renouf; Special Cup & Saucer Award won by Carol Moore; Golden Age won by Doris Warke; Pee Wee won by Sianna Holt; Junior A (12 & Under) won by Sarah Dancey Fletcher with Honourable Mention to Tiana Leonard; Junior B (17 & Under) won by Tannis Dancey Fletcher & Matthew Dancey; The Ed Beckingsale Memorial Trophy for highest overall achievement in Grains & Grasses was presented to Gwen Renouf on behalf of Margaret Mose by Rose (Beckingsale) Douglas of the Beckingsale family.
In memory of former Fair Chairperson and longtime fair volunteer, Greta Hargreaves, the Crossroads Ag Society established the Greta Hargreaves Memorial Award for highest overall achievement in the Baking Class. Ann Gelinas (daughter of Greta) presented the first annual award to Gwen Renouf on behalf of the Hargreaves family. The Special Award Class (cup & saucer arrangement with fresh flowers, any color) was won by Carol Moore of Pine Lake.
The Table of Outstanding Articles featured articles from the following exhibitors: Gwen Renouf for Vegetable Collection; Doug Wood for Woodworking; Karin Douglas for Cross Stitch; Barrie Moore for Oil Painting; Lori Dancey for Quilt (machine, large); Steven Vincent for Waterscape Print; Cindy McAllister for Children's Print; Siana Holt for Drawing (age 3); Nolan Kisinger for Drawing (age 7); Matthew Dancey for Industrial Arts (large & small).
There were many Special Events at this year's fair which provided a fun family weekend for all ages. A popular display was set up by youth volunteers, Kyle Lawrence, Steven Vincent, and Michael Vincent showcasing numerous breeds of poultry. Fair Chairperson, Judy Dreeshen, thanked all of the many volunteers for the efforts in bringing such a great event to the community with Free Admission to the grounds.
Children's Entertainment on Saturday afternoon featured balloon animals made by Tim Forsberg to the delight of the many children in attendance.
Kiddies Races featured old-fashioned sack races, partner races, 3-legged races, dashes, and long-distance runs for ages 2 to 17. First, second, and third place winners received ribbons. All of the children who participated had a great deal of fun and received a bag full of prizes for their efforts.
The Kiddies Scavenger Hunt took place on Sunday afternoon. The children gleefully roamed the lovely Nature Trails of the Crossroads Ag Park looking for their treasures. All received prize bags upon their return.
The Sunday morning pancake breakfast was served to over 200 people. Celebrity pancake flipper, MP Earl Dreeshen, along with his crew of volunteers, did an excellent job of preparing and serving a delicious breakfast.
All Sporting Events were very well attended again this year.
The Poker Walk participants enjoyed a leisurely walk through the 3km trails amidst beautiful wild flowers and berries of the Nature Trails, where indentions of the old wagon trail can still be seen in the virgin prairie wool grasses. Winners of the event were Michael Vincent (Pine Lake), Jeff Bobak (Innisfail), and Chad Nisniewski (Red Deer).
The Doubles Cribbage Tournament trophies went to winners Mark Lawrence & Cliff Anderson (Innisfail). The Lydia Moore Memorial Trophy, dedicated in memory of area pioneer and longtime fair volunteer and cribbage enthusiast, Lydia Moore, was presented by Judy (Moore) Dreeshen and Bonnie (Moore) Langevin. Close Runners-up were Lance Langevin & Kurtis Wilton (Pine Lake). Third place went to Allison Baumgardt & Winnie MacFadyen (Pine Lake).
The Doubles Bean Bag Tournament was a very popular event again this year. The A Event was won by Christine Schinnour & Rob Rodewyk (Calgary). Runners-up were Cliff & Ron Miller (Red Deer). The B Event was won by the team of Amanda Schinnour & Michele Ellis (Calgary). Runners-up were Anders Hammarstrand & Mike Mindle.
The Men's Doubles Horseshoe Tournament A Event winners were Gilbert Likness & Hugh Hargreaves (Pine Lake). Runners-up were Lance Langevin & Kurtis Wilton (Pine Lake). The B Event was won by the team of Chad Mikkelsen & Kurtis Sturtevant. Runner-ups were Jeff Metcalf & Kevin Chomyn.
The Ladies' Doubles Horseshoe Tournament A Event was won by Sadie Langevin & Cassie Domoney. Runners-up were Lindsey Amonson & Jamie Perry. The B Event winners were Bonnie Langevin (Pine Lake) & Debbie Desnoyer (Olds). Runner-ups were Jennifer Smyth & Barbara Neilson.
The Mixed Slow Pitch Tournament was the feature sporting event of the weekend, with a record 27 family & community teams competing from across Alberta. Ball Tournament Coordinator, Roselie Engman, did an excellent job of organizing the event. The A Event medallion winners were the No Idea team (Red Deer), with Runner-up, Pine Lake Cannons (Pine Lake). The B Event was won by the Hoppins Howlers (Huxley), with Runner-up, Bulldogs (Bowden). The C Event was won by the Toro (Calgary), with Runner-up, Genesis (Trochu). The D Event was won by the Fubar (Innisfail), with Runner-up C-Force (Edmonton).
Organizers expressed great satisfaction with the success of the fair. A special salute goes to the many volunteers and sponsors who contribute so generously of their time and money for the betterment of our community.
Everyone is cordially invited to attend the 25th Annual Pine Lake Country Fair & Sports Days, on the second weekend of August 2011, for a wonderful old-fashioned, fun-filled country fair experience.