Donalda to turn 100

Donalda, the tiny village known as the home of “the world’s largest lamp,” celebrates its 100th birthday this weekend.

Donalda is home to “the world’s largest lamp

Donalda, the tiny village known as the home of “the world’s largest lamp,” celebrates its 100th birthday this weekend.

“We expect over 500 people for the homecoming and over 100 entries for the parade,” said Beth Fulton, who chairs the centennial organizing committee.

“We have lots of activities for everyone.”

A parade kicks off the event Saturday at 11 a.m., starting at the school.

“We want to celebrate our past 100 years and look forward to the next 100 — our town is growing,” said Mayor Bruce Gartside.

“It will be an exciting time.”

Both the parade and the show-and-shine near Highway 53 are projected to draw much attention from local residents and visitors alike.

“We expect almost 200 vehicles,” Gartside said.

The parade is designed to reflect the history of the village.

“We will have close to 15 former Klondike queens and past mayors who will be riding in the parade,” said Gartside, who became mayor late in 2010 and has resided in Donalda for four years.

The parade is expected to feature a 100-year-old freight wagon restored by Phil and Joyce Racine of Donalda, with the wheels refurbished by Chris Jenson of Bashaw.

The wagon is scheduled to become a permanent part of the landscape by the village office.

Susan and Terry Dahl have restored the downtown lampposts on Main Street.

“People who have seen them said they are totally amazed,” Gartside said.

To commemorate the occasion, a centennial plaque will be unveiled Sunday at 5 p.m.

Gartside is among the dignitaries slated to deliver messages at that time. The guests include new Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman and Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson.

Several other activities have been planned to celebrate the history of the village.

Patrons can relive the once-popular Klondike Nites on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Many past queens are on board to reflect on a festival that ran from 1958 to 1985.

Former students of Donalda schools are invited to reunions at the school from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Classic vehicles will be on display during a show-and-shine Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Finals for Donalda’s Got Talent are set for Saturday at 3 p.m., while other local talent will entertain at 1 p.m.

Fireworks go off Saturday and Sunday at 11:15 p.m.

Other events Saturday include a country street market, an art walk, Donalda Lite Riders demonstration, tours of the fire hall, square-dancing, an air show, family movie night, and a Country Legends concert.

Sunday activities feature Cowboy Church at the arena at 10:30 a.m., Bashaw Cloggers at the school at 1 p.m., and a concert by Domino at 8 p.m.

Registration is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

For more details, visit donalda.ab.ca or phone 403-883-2100.

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