The 22nd Annual Minton-Gladmar Fall Fair was held on September 26, 2009. The weather was fantastic and although we missed many of our harvesters, the fair was once again a huge success. 107 people participated with over 500 entries. This year's winners of the classes were:
Class A CerealGrain-Barbara Delanoy
Class B Roots, Vegetables and Fruit- Tie, Lynda Blackstock and Dorothy Axten
Class C Needlework-Lisa Blackstock
Class D Sewing, Sewing Crafts and Quilting-Dorothy Meyers
Class E Preserves- Lynda Blackstock
Class F Plants, Flowers and Dried Arrangements-Lynda Blackstock
Class G Art and Photography-Carla Froshaug
Glass H Baking-Dorothy Meyers
Class I Handiwork, Arts and Baking Grade 6 and under-Jolynn Hlavka
Class J Adult Wood and Metal Craft-Ted Fladeland
Grand Aggregate Winner-Lynda Blackstock
Largest pumpkin was entered by John Hlavka.
The Friendship Centre was an interesting place to visit. Tom Paul of Lake Alma displayed his extensive collection of coins and gave very interesting commentaries about some of the coins he has acquired throughout the years. Jackie Ehrhardt had a collection of M & M collectables. Don Martin displayed his Aunt Doris Bell's large collection of spoons. Jean Hlavka brought her interesting collection of thimbles and Paul Hlavka had a collection of hat pins that he has acquired and on his trips to various places. Hjordis Olson of Beaubier brought various collections of buttons, porcelain dolls dressed in their finery, and other antique articles. Thanks to all of them for sharing their treasures with us.
The children were kept entertained throughout the day with rides on the quad train provided by Dale Ehrhardt, kid's games, and rope-making with Albert Hanson. A safety wheel was set up by SGI and tested the safety knowledge of anyone wanting to give the wheel a spin. A three hole miniature golf was provided by Focus Investments of Pilot Butte. Many tested their skill and won prizes provided by Focus. Another highlight of the afternoon was the display of classic cars from Minton, Gladmar, Bengough and Radville. Thanks to the owners for bringing their cars. Seven girls and 18 boys competed in the Kid's Tractor Pull. Winners of the Girls were Alyssa Hind and Kate Axten. Winners of the Boys 5 and under were Brodyn LaBatte, James Verhelst and Brock Axten., and the 6 & 7 was Keaton Kaufmann.
Jackie Ehrhardt and Carley Pettersen once again did a fantastic job of painting pumpkins. 10 were won by children who purchased tickets and the rest were auctioned in the evening.
The craft sale featuring 22 exhibitors was a huge success again. Local youth provided the afternoon entertainment this year. Those performing were Karissa Hoffart, Shae Hoffart, Jolynn Hlavka, Alyson Hlavka, Anna Hoimyr and Leah Overbye. They all did a great job.
The final event of the afternoon was the Cowboy Olympics. 6 teams of 2, all cowgirls, took part in this lively competition of stick-horse barrel racing, fence post horse shoeing, steer roping, and driving through an obstacle course on a quad, with the blindfolded driver being guided by her team mate, and loading bales. The event concluded with a reading of a cowboy poem by each team. The contest was won by the team of Stephanie VanDeSype and Charity Hunsted. Both contestants and spectators had a great time. Thanks to Bourassa's for providing the quad. Winner of the 50-50 draw was Joe Byers of Radville, and the classic car banks, donated by Ted Fladeland were won by Lee Melle and Archie Howard of Weyburn.
A lively auction of items donated by exhibitors was conducted by Farron Ward. Thanks to everyone who donated and purchased items.
The day concluded with a family dance with music provided by DJ Garry Robertson .
The Fall Fair Committee would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the 2009 Fall Fair Day a success again this year. Next year's Fall Fair will be held on September 25, 2010.