The 12th annual Steel Wheel Stampede Parade will be held Saturday, July 17th at 3:00pm.
We are honoured to host Dorothy Wasdal, Willy Lauridsen, and Donna Clark as the 2021 Honourary Parade Marshals, noted a release from the Stettler Board of Trade.
“Dorothy (Dot) Wasdal was born on September 27, 1927, in Byemoor, Alberta and went to school about five miles away from the community. Growing up on the farm there was always cows for Dot to milk making it difficult for her to work outside the home as a teenager.
“Dorothy married Art Wasdal and together they had four boys, two girls and more cows to milk. For their later years, Dorothy and Art moved to Stettler due to Art’s health and Dorothy further moved into Heart Haven where she resides today.
“She enjoys her time there with the exception for the last year with all the Covid restrictions. Willy Lauridsen was born on March 25, 1927, in Denmark. In 1950 he came to Quebec for work but not being able to speak French, he decided to move to a farm south of Wayne, Alberta in 1951.
“There he married and in 1960 he was hired with the Alberta Wheat Pool. He worked in the Drumheller, Rockyford, and Munson areas and then moved to Stettler where he eventually retired.
“In December 2015, Willy moved into the Willow Creek Lodge where he enjoys an active and happy retirement.”
“Donna Clark was born August 9, 1940. Donna was a business owner on the Jimmy Jock board walk for many years with the gallery, fudge shop and picture framing. She was always very busy.
“Donna moved into Paragon Place in March of 2019 where she is always helping someone and keeping busy. She says it feels like home and enjoys that everyone is so nice.”
Donna Morris, project manager for the Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development, said, “Being able to celebrate the reopening of our province, we wanted to take the chance to think about where we came from and where we plan to go. We are honoured to be joined by three of our eldest community members who have made Stettler and the county their home for many years as they lead the parade celebrating our future with businesses and organizations alike.”-
“The history Stettler holds is one of perseverance and we look forward to showcasing that as we reopen and rebuild.”
The 12th annual Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede Parade will begin at 3 p.m. with a new parade route for this year.
A copy of the parade route map can be found at www.stettlerboardoftrade.com/swsparade. For a list of events and information regarding the Steel Wheel Stampede, visit www.steelwheelstampede.com.