Norquay Centennial a Huge Success (by Tricia Challoner - Committee Chairperson)
With over 2,000 people from all over Canada, the US and Abroad attending Norquay Centennial on July 27, 28 and 29th, it was a great celebration.
The Opening Ceremony at the Communiplex Friday night featured greetings from The Crown by Lieutenant Governor, Vaughn Schofield, the Government of Canada from MP Garry Breitkreitz the RM of Keys from Reeve, Jim Hallick, and the Town of Norquay from Mayor, Don Tower.
Mayor Don Tower presented Tricia Challoner, Chair of the Centennial Committee, with an aerial picture of Norquay from the Town of Norquay in appreciation for all the work she did to organize the Centennial Celebrations.
Winston and Bruce Wylie gave an account of how their father and grandfather, Nathaniel Wylie, named the town, Norquay.
Zach Newell was presented with free merchandise and free weekend for having designed the Norquay Centennial Logo.
Winners of the cake decorating contest were announced. First prize of $50 with a beautiful village cake was Roxanne Boychuk, second prize of $30 with a cake featuring both the town logo and the centennial logo was Liz Pollon, and thrid prize of $20 with a beautiful round cake was Candice Nelson. The cakes were served with coffee after the Opening Ceremony.
Snake Creek Company provided entertainment the rest of the night as people registered for the weekend and received their registration bags packed with many promotional items from the various businesses.
Also on Friday night a memorial basketball game for Karen Griffith (nee Cherewyk) was well attended with various friends and relatives taking turns on the teams.
Registration continued Saturday morning along with a pancake breakfast served by the Norquay Firefighters and the Norquay Affinity Credit Union staff. After breakfast people lined the streets to watch the parade. There were over 70 floats that coursed from the Covenant Church grounds down Main Street and back. The RCMP led the parade followed by the Norquay Legion float and the Yorkton and District Pipe Band. There were horses and wagons, tractors and combines and other large equipment as well as beautifully decorated floats from the various farms and businesses in the area.
Lenny Abbott and Dwayne Dahl and the rest of the History Committee worked at the History Display in the Legion Hall. It was opened all weekend for people to view the many photos and artifacts depicting Norquay\'s growth and development over the past 100 years. The History Committee installed over 80 signs listing businesses around Norquay and were responsible for the History of Norquay DVD which was for sale over the weekend. They also created placemats featuring old pictures and pamphlets telling of special events over the last century. These were used in the Communiplex and Whistle Stop for the weekend.
The mud fling was hugely popular with a great crowd of spectators watching the more than fifteen trucks try to make it through the mud. To the delight of the crowd, after the vehicles were done, people raced barefoot through the mud for a cash prize.
The Art Show at the Communiplex featured a variety of artists with paintings, sculpture, crafts, wood working and novelty items. Entertainers were on stage every half hour singing, playing piano or dancing. There was a steady stream of people throughout the afternoon and evening enjoying both the art work and the entertainment. Completing the entertainment for the day, First Nations Dancers from Cote First Nations performed.
Many old friendships and acquaintances were renewed over cookies and coffee at the school reunion on Saturday afternoon. There were many inquiries about where the old classrooms were and many compliments about the new school building.
Outside on the school grounds children of all ages were enjoying games and inflatable bouncers organized by the Covenant Youth Group.
Y-Not Johnny\'s from Swan River catered supper for over 1300 Saturday night. Although they were late arriving, supper was delicious and flowed smoothly once they caught up with the crowd.
Outside the Communiplex, the Tail Twister\'s 4-H Club put on a trick riding horse demonstration that completely awed the crowd. Riding standing up, upside down, sideways, and every which way, it was an amazing show of skill and horsemanship.
Saturday night was a beautifully warm summer evening for the Street Dance featuring Brad Johner and his band. Hosted by the Kin Club, people came from the surrounding area to enjoy the music, dancing and visiting.