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Red Deer River Garden Show is next Wednesday, Aug. 30

Entries are being accepted on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Patty Steen

Rumsey Record

As we travelled around the community this past weekend, we noticed that the farmers have gotten busy with their harvesting equipment. There are some big combines, tractors and grain trailers, trucks and other equipment being moved around the area so be aware and give them all the room they need. Please don’t try to rush past the farmers and their equipment as they have poor visibility for smaller vehicles and, really, everything is smaller than them. I know from talking with many of the farmers in this area that they really dread moving their large equipment down the road because people are in such a rush and try to zip past in less than ideal locations. There have been some bad accidents recently in the larger community as the traffic gets busy with the last month of holidays, so slow down and be aware, it’s better to get there a little later than planned, than to not to get there at all.

The Red Deer River Garden Show is fast approaching. Next Tuesday evening the club will be accepting entries for Wednesday’s show from 7 to 10 p.m. You can also put in your entries early Wednesday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. There are so many ways you can participate in the show: the children’s categories include vegetables, baking, flower arrangements, fancy baking, the garden plots and, of course, the flower arranging contest at the show on Wednesday evening just after the roast beef supper that is open to all the community. Keep in mind, that if you are busy harvesting to come in, support the supper by buying a meal or two for the workers in the field. The cooks will be happy to make it portable. A few of our long-time community members have regularly brought in a stack of pie plates, filled them with delicious food, wrapped them up in foil and headed back to the combines and back to work.

The adult categories are vast and varied; there are many flower arrangement categories that are wonderful to see; such talent in our community; baking, photography for the community calendar, individual vegetable categories, largest vegetable categories, gladiolus, rose, dahlia and many other individual flower categories. I just can’t name them all. Please stop in for a book and try entering a few things, it is fun to see how things turn out. The garden show will be open to the public for viewing from 4 p.m. until presentations at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, so come and see all the beautiful flowers and join in on the judging of the calendar photo contest.

A good thought:

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” – Joel Salatin from “Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.”

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