Register for the Botha Centennial Aug. 12 to 14

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LOUISE BELLAIR/Botha Booster

With a later spring and all this rain we have been having, it seems like a slower growing season this year. So seeing Tuesday will be the first day of summer, hopefully July will have a lot more summer-like conditions and warmer days. Even the nights this year have even cooled off tremendously after the sun goes down. With all the rain we have experienced lately, when the sun comes out finally, we will be fighting with all the mosquitoes, which does not sound like fun. OK, I will quit complaining about the weather and the bugs. But hopefully it will dry up soon so the farmers can get out in their fields.

School is coming to a close for another school year on June 24, except for a few Grade 12 exams.

Get ready please for the upcoming Botha Centennial weekend on August 12-14. The big highlight for the centennial is the Underwood Project. We at Botha and area are planning on paying tribute to Elmer Underwood and his two brothers George and John, who mastered Canada’s first flying machine in 1895. With the word spreading, papers picked it up quickly and called it such names as the Gas Bag and Balloon, but the Stettler Independent rightfully named it an airplane.

The first plane was at the Stettler fair in 1909.Elmer Underwood married and lived on two different locations in the immediate Botha area, and raised a family of three sons and one daughter who attended the Botha school. Elmer lived out his life as an active citizen of this district together with his family. We feel honored to pay tribute to his creative abilities. So with the Centennial, Bob Erickson and crew have spent several hours and lots of effect in making a replicate of the Underwood Flying machine. So it is a must.

Everyone from far and wide have to come for the weekend and see this great project. It is something a person would not want to miss. There will be other great things to do for the weekend too and a great time for everyone. There will be free parking at the campgrounds with water hook up at the hall, and also a pumping station for the public’s use. First come, first served, so get yourself and your campers out early for a great relaxing weekend.

Calling all older trucks and cars, could you please enter these in the parade Saturday morning. Please contact Marie or Dan Barnec at 403-742-3911 if you could enter anything in the parade. Children please decorate your bikes for this activity to, also if anyone can take the time out of your busy schedule to decorate a float, this would very much be appreciated. The more people can enter into our parade, the better so please let us all make a great parade for Botha.

Please pass the word around about the Botha Centennial weekend August 12-14 as it would be great to see everyone out for a great and memorable weekend. Everyone is welcome. So please spread the word as we don’t want to leave anyone out.

Registration for the weekend is August 12, from 5-7 p.m. Please register. On Friday also an Old Time Dance will be happening at the hall, with a live band there to entertain the crowd. Lunch will be served. So come kick your feet up and also reacquaint yourself with friends and neighbours you haven’t seen for a while.

Then, on Saturday morning, the parade will be entertaining the crowd. So please bring something with you and be part of the parade, or get out and take it in. Parades are always fun to watch and take in. There will be local talent playing throughout the day to for everyone’s enjoyment. On Saturday evening, there will be a beef dinner for everyone to take in. It really sounds good.

Also on Saturday, there will be a movie in the park activity for everyone.

On Sunday morning, they will be having a pancake breakfast. Following the breakfast, there will be a church service before heading home. This will be held in the hall, with Reverend Susan Bowyer officiating. A great way to spend a Sunday.

Bingo anyone! Come on out on July 5th, at 7:15 p.m. for another great Bingo night. These are a great evening and who knows, you could be the next big winner. These are held at the Botha Senior Centre every second Tuesday evening, and everyone is invited.

Coffee continues every Wednesday morning starting at 10 a.m. So come get out of the weather and join them for a relaxing hot cup of coffee. Everyone is invited out to this activity.

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