12498 232 St., Maple Ridge P.O. Haney, B. C, Canada
This past year the Saskatoon Exhibition, The Rodeo & Pion-Era combined to make one show and have it July 13-18 on the Exhibition grounds.
The livestock were very good, the cattle were mostly Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn with some Holstein and Guernsey. They all were in top shape as were the horses and pigs.
The cultural was fine art, painting, etching and photography which taking it on the whole was very good. The commercial displays were housed in another building. Outside there was a young people's orchestra.
There was also the usual midway. Due to this being the first time the three shows were held together, much of the engines and farm machines were left in the Museum, which later on when a new building is erected will be housed on the Exhibition Grounds.
In the Pion-Era part, there was a Reeves 32-110 hp. compound plow engine in excellent shape. I had the pleasure of running this engine and thanks very much Boys; a Reeves double cylinder and eight furrow steam lift plow; 110 American Abell compound; Peerless compound; Waterous steam road roller; 1910 36 hp. Case steam tractor; a 1910 25 hp. Titan gas tractor and a Baker fan as well as a Prony brake some of the engines were on these.
At the main gates was a 1905 45 hp. Case steam tractor climbing a ramp. One man steered and the other man operated the levers. They took the engine up the ramp and on the platform at the top, then went half way down the ramp, stopped and then went up, then backed down of the way and then up again and then finally backed the whole way down.
The sawmill circle was 25-75 Nichols & Shepard double cylinder on the sawmill; the 75 hp. undermounted Avery on the planer; the Phoenix steam cab hauling logs; a team of horses loading logs on a wagon; Case portable steam engine on a shingle mill; 18 hp. Case portable on a buzz saw and a 1 hp. I.H.C. engine on a wood splitter.
There was a parade at 2:30 P.M. headed by two flag bearers on horses; two oxen pulling a wagon, four horses hauling grain tank; horses and buggy and then came the steamers two Reeves; American Abell; 2 Case; Waterous road roller. Peerless and Rumely were next; 25-45 Minneapolis tractor; 15-30 Oilpull, 1 cyl.; 16-30 2 cyl. oilpull; Aultman-Taylor; 4 wheel Massey Harris 1930; 18-36 Hart-Parr; John Deere I); 10-20 McCormick Deering and finally a 10-20 2 cyl. Titan.
A balloon went up which had hot air heated by a large propane flame and did not have any gas of any kind.
Pony chuck wagon races and chariot races were held as well as the usual bareback riding, calf roping, bucking horse riding, bulldogging steers and Bramah bull riding. The rodeo clown was good as were the rope tricks and fancy riding by Mr. and Mrs. Franks of Texas. Cowboys were there from Texas, Nevada, Montana and Alberta, Canada.
While the rodeo was good, it was spoiled by the very poor grandstand set-up. There was a large area of lawn, then a picket fence, then the race track-and then the arena which made taking pictures impossible.