Plenty of activities kept the residents of Castor busy on Aug. 12 and 13.
After two years, the residents of the community were finally able to come together and host the Castor and District Fair.
Fair entries were dropped off at the Castor Community Hall on Aug. 11 and the morning of Aug. 12. The community was welcome to come check out the entries later that evening when the traditional roast beef supper was held.
According to one organizer entries were down a bit from the last fair that was held in the community, but overall they were happy with the number and quality of entries.
Entries varied. There were sections for hobbies, creative writing, produce, baking, photography and much more.
Area residents were invited back to the community hall early the next morning to kick off a full day of activities with a free pancake breakfast sponsored by the Castor and District Ag. Society.
The breakfast ran from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. although the display area remained open for viewing until noon. Outside the community hall a bounce house and face-painting station were set up for young ones, and those young at heart.
Across the road from the community hall the Castor Cruise-in rolled into town for the sixth year, with record numbers in attendance.
According to organizer Cori Fawcett, the car show, which usually only attracts 30 to 35 vehicles in a given year, was already up to 48 registered vehicles by 11:30 a.m.
Those looking for food during the festivities did not have to go looking too far. A barbecue in support of the Castor Legion was held at the car show and a barbecue in support of the Gus Wetter School archery club was held in the yard at Home Hardware.
The Castor Fair Parade rolled through the downtown core of the community a little after 1:30 p.m. and featured around 15 to 20 vehicles including representatives from the RCMP, Castor Volunteer Fire Rescue, the Town of Castor, the County of Paintearth, the Castor and District Museum and more.
After the parade finished, the Castor and District museum opened for the afternoon. Museum volunteers Tom Bunbury and Phil Dietz gave a rope-making demonstration during the afternoon. As well, Don Sisson gave a demonstration on how to sort wheat using a “kicker” machine and Christopher Robblee set up his forge and gave a blacksmith demonstration.
The prizes for the Castor Fair were awarded at the close of the display area at noon. Castor Cruise-in presented their awards after the parade with Leona and Tom Calhoun of Camrose winning the Best in Show award for their 1960 Plymouth Fury.