RR 5, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P2G6
Well we have finished another successful show despite rather wet weather the second day. We tried a dance this year and were pleased with the results, so plan another next year. We aimed for the old time spirit that used to prevail at dances and I feel we came pretty close to achieving this. We had my husband as the only player when we went in, but ended up with a few extra before the evening was out (unfortunately I do not know the names of the gentlemen who picked up the guitar during the evening) A fellow member, Les Short, arrived with his 'G String', a tub set up with a broom handle and a string, which he really knew how to play. We even got the community into this dance as two gentlemen from around here got the dances rolling. Mr. R. Coonfer had everyone participating in several spot, bingo and ladies choice dances. Mr. Warwick called a couple of square dances. We certainly enjoyed the help of these two to get the dance moving.
We had a lunch which several of the club ladies donated to and some of the community; the coffee perk decided to act up so we made coffee the old way in a large boiler (everyone felt it was better anyway). I feel we came a long way towards involving the community in our club which is how it should be.
Now we'll get on to the subject of the show, our main objective as a club outside of keeping our heritage alive. We had four steam engines this year and a great response in the models and pump engine line. We signed up several new members at the club booth and had the largest raffle to date with nine draws. Plus a children's raffle with prizes for boys and girls. There again we had community participation - Wenstrom Equipment of Langdon donated a lovely IHC tractor (toy) for the boys' draw. Smarts Sales of Langdon donated a lovely doll 'Cindy' with a hair boutique set for the girls. We had one other raffle, a 9 lb. can of hand cleaner donated by the 'Maple Creek, (Saskatchewan) Coyotes'. I managed to obtain films for sale plus several novelties and of course we had magazine subscriptions and books; so we ended up with quite a full club booth this year and hope to have this or better for next year. We had several lovely trophies this year and I'm sure the men who won them will be very proud of them. CASE EQUIPMENT donated a large size cup trophy with a small cup for the winner. This went to Harry Garriott of Calgary driving a 1911 Single Cylinder Mogul. It was to be given to the BEST HISTORICAL MECHANICAL EXHIBITION. The runner-up was Tom Anderson of Three Hills, Alberta with his Case Steam Engine (unfortunately there is no prize for the runner-up). The horse trophy was donated by Les Short of Olds, Alta. (a member), with a lovely buckle to keep. It was won by Ralph Loosemore of Three Hills, Alta. The trophy for the best operator went to Eric Schwesinger of Calgary, Alta. on the Rumely. The trophies were all won by members of our club. I could continue on about the show but think I'll leave this report as is, our advertising manager or treasurer will no doubt send in a more detailed report as far as tractors go.