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Brandon Sun Newspaper Archives May 27 1990, Page 5

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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - May 27, 1990, Brandon, ManitobaFeatures 8ranbsn May of Edh i Sun in Ham he idea and preliminary planning for a major summer festival in Manitoba began with eight Junior High students at Carberry collegiate More than a year due to the efforts of the eight the entire town of car Berry has been motivated to cooperate in hosting the first annual King Spud Days in conjunction with the Carberry summer fair from july 6 to july what began As an exercise in Andrea Clarks f do thought development program at the collegiate has evolved into Community wide among the groups involved in planning King Spud Days Are Carnation foods the chamber of the agricultural the Nursery recreation arts Golf club and numerous other organizations or no one is More surprised by the outpouring of support than the eight teenagers who initially came up with the it plans for the festival is beyond our wildest says Jann Ticknor of the top in their Andrea had to persuade the top group to present their plans for King Spud Days to select groups within the Clark says she encouraged the students to meet with Carberry organizations and councils because their project on paper was so Well Many teenagers would find the Prospect of approaching local politicians but Clark says the girls in the top program Are All gifted she it is unusual for a gifted program to be solely composed of Marylynne Kneeshaw summarized the philosophy of most of the members in the top program when she i dont mind being singled out As the eight Young women Drew on this Confidence to take their idea for a King Spud festival to the towns Art he suggested we approach the chamber of recalls Lana another member of the top subsequently the students met with the chamber and presented a formal plan outlining every aspect of the summer from utilizing existing Community resources to organizing advertising and their plan even included a list of potential problems that could this was followed by presentations before the town Council and Carnation foods recalls another top Karen Burch Doest seem surprised that the Council provided students with a planning Grant of and Carnation promised extensive financial help in fostering King Spud the she is Carberry life the teenagers also launched some of their own fundraising for top member Errin Lintott says the Carberry arts Council provided a Grant to enable the group to present a puppet show after the annual Santa Claus and the profits went to she seven of the eight students in the top program live on and Are therefore Well aware of the financial Impact of the potato Industry on the Carberry the potato has been a vital part of the Economy in the area for nearly 30 Why did it take so Long for the Community to Host a summer festival in recognition of this major agricultural crop the students believe their idea want necessarily novel but Point out Carberry people May have been reluctant to commit so much time and Energy for planning a major Linda recreation director in Carberry for the past we once did a Survey and found 53 organizations operating in the i think Volunteer Effort has been stretched to the now that the initial planning for the from Marylee Jann Errin Lintott and Holly members of Carberry collegiate thought development from Heather Michel Lana Nicholson and Janice Burch the potato is King in Carberry but it took eight enterprising students at the collegiate there to come up with the Spud his due new summer teacher Andrea Clark the potato is Carberry life blood King Spud festival has been there Doest seem to be any limit to the volunteers willing to donate both time and financial Tojani Many of the events Are being incorporated into the annual Carberry summer Byron president of the Carberry Plains agricultural has predicted this years fair May be even More successful than the Steen says a revitalization of the fair is particularly Welcome this year because a rainout of saturdays races in 1989 resulted in a loss of As Well As the traditional Home Craft and agricultural classes at Liis years he says there will be a Slovitch tournament involving 32 a Beer Garden operated by the Curling races on saturday and sunday and the Portage pipe band will be in attendance during the fair this year there will be no Midway at the the local Nursery the arts recreation District and Junior High classes at Carberry collegiate have initiated some new entertainment for children in conjunction with the first annual King Spud according to arts Council coordinator Bonnie an area of the fair grounds has been designated the potato Patch and will feature entertainment for it is the first time we have had any formal entertainment for children at the says recreation director Linda Yablonski says the focal Point of the potato Patch will be a Large tent where children May be entertained in a carnival under the big volunteers will become circus personalities such As jugglers and even a Man on Lintott and Yablonski Are both working As resource people planning the potato Patch and list several Othef Volunteer groups involved ill this facet of the Junior High students will operate a miniature Golf course and supervise children attempting to find their Way through a mums from the Nursery school will put their artistic skills to work at a face painting and the Stah Kushaf ski family will operate a petting zoo where an on location photographer will be available to snap children posing with their favorite but the highlight of the potato Patch will probably be the first annual potato Here children will compete against one another in contests revolving around the some spirited Competition is anticipated among youngsters throwing darts at potatoes or tossing spuds in a Field Day it is the aim of King Spud Days to offer something for every member of the on Friday More than 200 potato growers from All three Western Canadian provinces Are expected to participate in a Field Day sponsored by Carnation according to Philip Suggit of in this segment of the Farmers will be instructed in All facets of potato production ranging from cultivation to irrigation Suggit says representatives of chemical companies and machinery displays will also be featured at the potato Field in he about 10 acres on the Edge of the fair grounds will be sown to potatoes and experts from the Prairie potato cultivators association will outline Why they selected four or five new varieties of potatoes for this Carnation tent All events on Friday Are being hosted by Carnation according to Joe general manager of the King Spud a huge Carnation tent on the fair grounds will be the focal Point of activity Friday and Charlie minister of grains and will act As master of ceremonies for events during the an open House will be held at the tent for All the ladies attending the planned events include cooking displays by two Home economists who will provide recipes and samples of food they to correspond with the theme of the the potato will figure prominently in the food participants in the ladies program will also have the Opportunity to View everything from a Craft demonstration on making bows or wreaths to creating an attractive Floral and plans Are underway to provide free Flowers and door our tent is going to be a very Busy place during Friday says ladies program director Margie and i would like to emphasize the activities Are open to All not just the wives of potato Nicholson says evening activity at the Carnation tent will feature some top notch Canadian entertainment provided by two time Juno award Winner Michelle who previously has performed the opening act for Randy Traviss Alabama teen dance sit also slated for Friday evening and sponsored by Carnation is a huge teen dance where a video band from Edmonton with a National will provide the Nicholson says the dance is environmentally Friendly and will be smoke and drug King Spud Days and Carberry fair Promise to be a summer festival for the entire but it All began with eight teenagers at Carberry in recognition of their contributions to King Spud Michelle Errin Jann Lee Holly Heather Lana Nicholson and Janice Burch will ride on a float during the opening Parade at the

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