Acme celebrates Centennial in style



Acme's Centennial celebration parade of Saturday, June 26 had to have been one of the best for length and variety of entries. At around 45 minutes, the length of parade was all anyone could talk about, until one of the many other events of the day caught their attention.
In the category of Organizations & Clubs, 1st place went to the Acme Centennial 2010 float that carried a birthday cake and three of Acme's most celebrated seniors: Evelyn Gibson, Jewel Tanton, and Frances Hope. Alberta Elks came in 2nd, Beiseker's Tae Kwon Do club came in 3rd, and the Acme Flower Show float was given an Honorable Mention. In the category of Youth Floats, it was the Cubs with first place, 4-H Swalwell with 2nd, and Acme Daycare with 3rd. Under the Business/Commerical category winners were Sunterra with 1st, Village of Beiseker with 2nd, and Village of Linden 3rd. The Community Spirit category was won by The Acme Flower Show, with 2nd place going to Acme Swimming Pool and 3rd place to Acme Campground Hosts. Best in group for horses was won by the Peruvian club, Old Fashioned Dress went to Colleen Kanderka and Best Horse Drawn entry went to Kneehill County. In the Antique Tractor & Equipment category 1st was given to Brian Hannah, 2nd to Walbern's, and 3rd to Bert Jackson.
Volunteer of the Year award was presented by Mayor Dennis Kuikan to Phyllis Deines during the opening ceremonies, with special credit mentioned for her numerous hours spent on putting the Centennial history book together - Acme Memories. The first two printings were auctioned off with the first copy going to Connie Osterman for $1200, who in turn donated the book to the Acme Library. The 2nd copy was purchased by Ms. Deines' son for $800. It was noted that all the costs associated with the printing of the books was fully paid for and any dollars raised now and through future sales of the books would be handed over to the local agricultural society for special projects that benefit the residents of Acme. Another presentation was that of the Acme Elks Lodge making a donation to the Acme Swimming Pool of $5000.
Dignitaries at the Opening Ceremonies also included the Honorable Donald S. Ethell - Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and his wife Linda Ethell. Acme's Centennial birthday celebration became third on the list of communities throughout Alberta they would be visiting since taking on this very recent appointment. He spoke of what an honor it was to be attending such an auspicious occasion as this, and following in the footsteps of The Honourable Lois Hole and Acme's own, The Honourable W. Helen Hunley. Ms. Hunley was born in Acme on September 6, 1920 and had the distinction of being the first woman appointed as Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta (Jan. 22, 1985 to Mar. 11, 1991). She was also the first woman to be given full ministerial status in the Alberta Government. She worked first as a telephone operator in Carstairs, Acme and Calgary and served overseas from 1943 to 1945. She resides in Rocky Mountain House.
Other dignitaries included MP Kevin Sorenson, MLA Richard Marz, former MLA Connie Osterman (who was born in Acme), Kneehill County Councillor Jerry Wittstock, Mayor Dennis Kuikan, former County Reeve Ralph Brown and Centennial narrators Frances Hope, Jewel Tanton and Evelyn Gibson.
Acme's chosen day for celebrations was hot and sunny and filled with events that were enjoyed by record crowds, not least of which was the outdoor swimming and wading pool. There was a Show and Shine car show, the first-ever Farmer's Market and Craft Show, bus tours, firemen skill demonstration, a cowboy poet, square dancers, and Centennial Classic Steer show with a $1000 prize for Grand Champion and $500 for Reserve Champion. There were musical entertainers throughout the day with Fiddlers, the Village Choir and The June Bugs on the stage, The Lost Followers at the school, Don Gowan and Jeanie Greenwell in the curling rink, and later in the evening: Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow playing at the Hall from 9:00 p.m. until midnight with a break for the fireworks.
Children not in the pool could choose from paint ball, games, petting zoo, magician, balloon maker, face painting, and inflatables.



Acme Elks donated $5000 to the Acme Swimming Pool during the opening ceremonies


Acme Centennial Parade 1st Place Float