Bagpiper at the parade for Edenwold, SK, 100th birthday celebrations.

Bagpiper at the parade for Edenwold, SK, 100th birthday celebrations.

The one thing you can be sure of in Saskatchewan is that June or July is Sports Day, or Homecoming Day, for all the small communities around.

Traditionally, the sports day name went with the ball games and I suppose, before my time, the local horse races and other forms of competition. Today, though, ball tournaments aren’t so commonplace, although it’s always fun to watch the locals who get together a “fun” team up against the serious players who count on the payback offered.

We plan to attend most of the nearby celebrations, and this morning (June 9, 2012), sharp on the dot of, well, what parade ever starts sharp on any hour…but shortly after 11 a.m. we lined up on Main Street, Edenwold, for what promised to be a great celebration parade for the town’s 100th birthday.

Bagpipe music announced the parade’s arrival, and it was led–as per contemporary standard–by the police car of the local RCMP detachment (who are a lot more serious than the Corner Gas celebrities, Sergeant Davis Quinton and Constable Karen Pelly), followed by two RCMP officers (not so standard) in full dress.

Saskatchewan is big on “giant” things (Moose Jaw’s moose, Canora’s Ukranian girl, Watson’s Santa Claus, Davidson’s coffee pot, and so on), and Edenwold’s parade featured a giant birthday cake riding on a float. See the video below:


You can expect horses…

Horses in the Edenwold Centennial Parade.

Horses in the Edenwold Centennial Parade.

and old tractors…

Edenwold centennial parade vintage tractors.

Edenwold centennial parade vintage tractors.

and sports teams…

Edenwold Centennial parade hockey float.

Edenwold Centennial parade hockey float.

and church groups (these ladies had already served the pancake breakfast!)…

Edenwold Centennial parade church float.

Edenwold Centennial parade church float.

and a turnout of most of the community, come rain or sunshine…


Edenwold Centennial Celebrations June 9, 2012.

Edenwold Centennial Celebrations June 9, 2012.

But most of all, you can expect good old small town hospitality and a friendly smile.


L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet by Linda Aksomitis

L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet by Linda Aksomitis

Written by Linda Aksomitis, author of L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet – visit me at aksomitis.com


Here’s the CTV video of Edenwold’s 100th celebrations:


 

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