Botha’s bash gives glimpse of town’s heyday

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The Botha Centennial activities kept the lemonade flowing at a stand manned by 11-year-old Lexi Schowalter and her nine-year-old brother

Louise Bellair / Botha Booster

Applause goes out to everyone who organized or took part in the fantastic Botha Centennial weekend. Special thanks to Bob Erickson and his crew for making the replicate of the Underwood Flying Machine.

One of the popular weekend features was the addition of signs and pictures to the businesses from several years ago. It was great to see where the businesses were located. Botha, at one time, was a vibrant town. The businesses and services located in Botha were the garage, the barber shop, the curling rink, Livery Feed and Sales, Otto Fleck’s Blacksmith Shop, Cosy Cafe, Merchant’s Bank, Alberta Wheat Pool/Botha Elevator, Acorn Lumber Yard, Botha Hotel, the butcher shop, the train station, a restaurant, the harness shop, the church and the school.

The weather sure cooperated nicely for the entire weekend (nice and warm), so hopefully everyone had a great time.

The parade featured floats, older vehicles, farm equipment, and children on their decorated bikes.

The Underwood Flying Machine replicate was an educational showcase and much appreciated by all who viewed the display.

In other Botha news, church services will be held each Thursday at 7 p.m at the United Church. Everyone is invited to join the worship, with Rev. Susan Bowyer officiating.

Don’t forget to come out to the Senior Centre each Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m., for a cup of coffee with your friends and neighbours. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For hall rentals, phone Marsha Mailer at 403-742-2559 to reserve a spot for events.

Bingo, anyone? Join the bingo group Tuesday, Aug. 30, for a great game. Games are held every second Tuesday, beginning at 7:15 p.m., at the senior centre. All are invited.

The Botha ball diamond is available for tournaments, or for a friendly game of ball. Get a group together for some fun. Phone Ken or Wendy at 403-742-8184 to reserve a spot.

It’s hard to believe school resumes soon. Where did the summer go? School supplies are on sale now. So, hopefully, all children and staff have a relaxing time for the remainder of their summer vacation.

It’s soon time for the old-time dances to resume. The first one is set for Sept. 9, running from 7:30 to 11 p.m., at Botha Hall.

The first scheduled band is Country Gold. For all of the Friday dances, each participant is asked to bring a pot-luck lunch to share in a great time.

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