Trochu News July 7, 2010

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Mother Nature chose to smile on Trochu with sunshine and perfect temperatures for the annual July 1 celebrations. The day started out at the Community Centre where the Big Valley/Rumsey Elks cooked up breakfast that fed 460 people, who then headed out to find the perfect spot to watch the parade. Prior to the parade, Connie Fraser used her talents at face painting to keep some of the younger crowd entertained. Once the scarlet-coated RCMP and police car were spotted turning the corner, all eyes were on Main Street. Many youngsters holding empty bags vied for treats being thrown from the floats. The parade featured a wide variety of entries that represented businesses, clubs and organizations or ones just there for the fun of it. It was difficult for old-timers to view the huge up-to-date machinery comparing it to the horse drawn equipment that some grew up with. Overwhelming is the word that describes it. Horses now have a different role as shown in the parade. Riding clubs and trail rides are popular passtimes. The parade crowd broke up to find lunch and return to Main Street for a dunk tank challenge and the Amazing Race contest that featured eight teams of four people each performing several timed stunts. The team of Trochu Motors won the playoff round. It was good to see all the adults acting like children and actually having a great time. The hamburger stand on the corner did a booming business, raising funds for the local Dance Troupe. Meanwhile, up at the Arena, a good audience turned out to watch the Stock Dog trials that proved very interesting. Did you know that some sheep can be very stubborn? The young folk enjoyed a petting zoo, train rides and swimming while the men admired a collection of older classic cars, all shined up for the day. Supper at the Trochu Community Centre was catered by Elaine McRae with 275 attending. This was followed by Bingo enjoyed by 75 players with Jeanette Kowalchuk winning the $100 blackout. Winners of the Elks draw for cash were lucky Kent Walker, who received $1,000, Janice Weis who won $300 and Barb Knievel won $200. Congratulations to all the winners. A Gymkhana was held at TL Bar Ranch to show off the prowess of its riders with drills and showmanship. Parents and followers enjoyed the beautiful river venue for this event. The general public appreciates all those who worked so hard in providing such an enjoyable day to remember.
If you enjoy Farmer's Markets, the Trochu Arboretum is the place to be on Thursday, July 8. This first market will feature baking, Bauer meats, a fruit truck and Hutterite veggies. Speaking of the Arboretum, Barry nd Robin Erskine will be attending this year's annual fundraising supper July 22. They host Let's Talk Gardening Sunday mornings on QR77 Radio. There will also be some musical entertainment.
It's not too early to start thinking about the annual Flower, Baking and Photography Show scheduled for August 18. Booklets containing entry information are available at several businesses or at the Drop In.