Hundreds flock to Byemoor for great fair

Photographic family - Four generations of fairgoers

Byemoor was a hub of activity on the weekend for the 34th annual Sullivan Lake West Agricultural Society Fair and the 32-team slo-pitch softball tournament.

The town was trimmed up nicely and a good parade started things off with the float of Our Home Kitchen, Endiang being named best parade entry.

Other parade results were: Organizations: 1. Endmoor Drop-In Centre 2. S.L.W. Ag. Society; Youth Groups: 1. Byemoor 4-H Beef; Businesses: 1. Our Home Kitchen 2. (tie) Byemoor Hotel and Joyce Campbell – Canada Post 3. Qwik Tire; Antique Cars: 1. Malcolm Fischer – 1938 Buick 2. Charlie Usher – 1955 Dodge; Horses: 1. Keeley and Shalene Grover 2. Danny Grover Sr. 3. Brooklyn Gallagher and Jenna Stacey; Bikes: 1. Randy Schofer 2. Ethan Giles; Municipal: 1. County of Stettler 2. Byemoor Fire Dept.; Vintage Tractors: 1. Elliott Land – John Deere 430 2. Dave Nixon Sr. – Minneapolis Moline U, 3. Ryan Gallagher – Case; Political: 1. Jack Hayden, MLA.

The bench show entries were up substantially this year with 617 entries from 85 exhibitors. The grand aggregate award was won by Nola Gutsche of Calgary. Horticulture & Cereal, Open – Della Kobi, Junior – Kingsley and Kingston Brown; Home Economics, Open – Nola Gutsche, Junior – Allison Yates; Needlework, Open – Nola Gutsche, Junior – Ally Smyth, Over 70 – Shirley Sewell; Photography, Open – Erin Prehn, Junior – Carly Bignell; Hobbies, Open – Nola Gutsche, Junior – Allison Yates; Art, Open – Shirley Sewell, Junior – Avery Smyth; Flowers, Open – Carolin Schofer, Junior – Daly Brooker; Family with Most Points – Erin Prehn family.

The slo-pitch tournament had 32 teams and enjoyed much better weather than last year. Winning the A event were the Almost Heroes (Endiang) 2. French Toast Mafia 3. Scrambled Eggs 4. Bad News Beers.

B Event winners were the Crude Crew (Byemoor) 2. Ross’s Rejects 3. Relatively Good 4. Lamplighters.

C Event was won by the Golden Eagles (Hanna) 2. Bunkey’s Monkeys 3. Too Fat to Fish 4. Wacky Wasdals.

In the D Event it was Victorious Secret (Hanna) taking top spot, 2. Artemis Raiders 3. Linda Hall 4. Young Cannons.

Hats off to all the volunteers who make this happen. We understand a few of the organizers of the fair and ball tournament are retiring this year. A sincere thank you from the community to them for their hard work and dedication over many years.

Miles and Judy Buchwitz and family are home from their trip to Minnesota where they visited members of Judy’s family.

Mappin Simmentals hosted a field day at their farm a couple of weeks ago with about 70 guests.

Rob, Rhonda and Hunter Maginn are enjoying a visit from Rhonda’s mother Gladys Van Dellan of Wallaceburg, Ontario.

Get well wishes go out to Mac Sinclair from your Endiang friends. Mac is in a Calgary hospital. We wish you a speedy recovery Mac.

Jim, Leanne and Grace Sorensen were to Calgary on the weekend for a wedding in the Steele family, long-time friends of the Sorensens.

Happy 75th birthday to Ken Schultz, which he celebrated on Saturday evening. The Schultzsed had a number of campers in their yard on the weekend taking in the slo-pitch tournament and fair in Byemoor.

Congratulations to Andrew and Dolly McCrindle, former Byemoor residents, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23. We wish you many more happy years together.

Larry and Lorene Stulberg have their grandsons Hayden and Easton staying with them for a couple weeks while the boys’ parents Cody and Alicia Scheerschmidt are on vacation in Alabama.

Seems like the love bug really bit as there are three fall weddings coming up and the following bridal showers are planned. A shower for Kristin Nixon, bride-elect of Taylor Coates will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Byemoor Hall.

On Friday, Sept. 17 there will be a shower for Crystal Schellenberg, bride-to-be of Will Oickle at the Endiang Hall.

Nicole Keith, future bride of T.J. Devaleriola will be honored with a shower on Friday, Sept. 24 at the Byemoor Hall.

All the showers begin at 7:30 p.m. and ladies are asked to bring lunch to each.

The weather continues to be extremely frustrating for farmers to get their haying done as well as for the County of Stettler to get their gravelling done.

Birthday greetings go out to: Aug. 27 – Lincoln Johnson (his first), Aug. 30 – Donnie Johnson, Aug. 31 – Elsie Walker, Mike Keith and Miles Buchwitz.

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