Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District XHe Letlilnrtdge Herald '-oca/ news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, August 6,1974 Pages 13-24 Weekend celebrations | Milk River Bonanza Day provide western fun | draws about 1,000 persons Western-Style celebrations, complete with pancake breakfasts, bands, pretty girls and horses, took place at Nanton, Picture Butte, Milk River and Coaldale on the weekend. Nanton and district residents witnessed a 1 '/2-hour parade that started at the J. T. Foster School, wound through the town, then along Highway 2 and back to the starting point. Then everyone headed for the Little Britches and Junior Rodeo. Events were held throughout the afternoon. It wound up with a barbecue at the Nanton Community Centre followed by a bingo. At Picture Butte, Gloria Nemecek was crowned queen of Jamboree Days at a dance Monday night. It climaxed a day of rodeo and chariot races in which Billy Hammon of Turin won the wild cow riding and racing events; Lonny Madison took the calf roping; Dean Derozak won the boys' steer riding; and Cindy Rocket took the girls' steer riding. Norm Davies of the Lethbridge Hilltoppers won the pony chariot racing. The Junior Gymkhana flag picking event was won by Lois Davies and the junior barrel racing was copped by Debbie Brantner. Lois Davies also showed the best junior trail horse and the senior flag-picking was won by Wayne Soenen of Monarch. M^xine McKenna showed the best senior trail horse and won the senior reining class. Brian Broderson won the senior pole bending event. At Milk River, the Belles and Beaux Square Dancing Club delighted spectators before the parade and then the Golden Skyliners of Great Falls, Mont., an award-winning drum and bugle band, thrilled the crowd with precision marching and playing. Crowds lined Coaldale streets for the Settlers' Days parade Saturday morning and saw the Coaldale Community Marching Band that won top honors in the Moose Jaw band festival earlier this spring. The beer garden sponsored by the Kinsmen drew crowds at Coaldale, as did the rodeo and horse shoe pitching events. At Picture Butte there was a dairy show after the one-hour parade but many spectators headed for Elks Hall and a cool beer. The temperature was 95. Picture Butte's queen contest was a community-wide event with. married women and young single girls competing. Gloria Nemecek won the title and the runner-up was Janice Holcek. The queen represented the Elks. Miss Holcek was sponsored by the Picture Butte Slow Pitch Club. The winner was crowned Monday night at a dance at the Elks Hall. Milk River also wound up its Bonanza Day celebration with a dance in the curling rink with the local Kinsmen sponsoring a beer garden. A special attraction Monday evening was donkey baseball. Coaldale residents play in holiday celebration MILK RIVER (Staff) -The Golden Skyliners of Great Falls, Mont., a drum and bugle band that holds the Montana State Championship, thrilled 1,000 people who viewed the Bonanza Day parade here Monday. There was no Bonanza Day queen this year, as officials decided to forego the event, but the cowgirls, pretty girls on floats and lovely ladies in decorated cars won royal acclaim from the lively spectators. The City of Lethbridge "Salute to the RCMP" float was named the finest over-all entry in the parade - after a redecorating job to repair the wind-blown damages of the trip south. Mirrors on the float reflected the sunny smiles of fhe crowd, smiles bestowed on the lovely girls in yellow gowns. They smiled back. Humorous point in the cavalcade was a tiny little tractor supposedly pulling a huge International Harvester Company tractor - one of the really big ones. Another laugh-getter was the Border Counties Hospital entry showing a stork and numerous dolls in the roles of newborn babes. The first float beckoned visitors to the Heritage Hall Oldtimers headquarters on Main St. Messages tagged on floats included: "Reaching the one through leadership, through service;" "Today is the first day of the rest of your life;" "Peace through prayer;" and "Magic carpet to slenderness" (TOPS). The Lethbridge Desert Corps Shriners of the Al Azhar Temple were impressive with their subdued treatment of the "Desert Song" and motorcycle drill. The Picture Butte Knights of Columbus showed a striking red and navy blue float with the emblem, "Patriotism, Charity." There were scores of children in the parade and they wore costumes that caught the fancies of some. And they had their pets in tow, too. One youngster was dwarfed by a St. Bernard. These were destined for the pet show at the arena at 12:30. Norman Vornbro.ck, Bonanza Day chairman, and his family won first prize in the family section with "smallest shopping carts in the world" - and they were tiny - from the Milk River Macleod's Store. The parade ended at the arena. The Golden Skyliners of Great Falls swung into action with a performance from their drums and bugles. Coupled with some marching, the musical performance raised the curtain on some outstanding displays of flowers, paintings, photographs, handicrafts and crocheting. Display booths asked the Milk River fair-goers to remember there is "service to Alberta through your local District Agriculturist" and to , work and play safely or "you might end up like this" skeleton in the Workmen's Compensation Board safety booth. The Alberta department of lands and forests showed stuffed birds and animals and the St. John Ambulance Association provided a rest centre. The art show included oil paintings by John Brummell, David Schamber, Eva Brewster and Olive Waddell. The photography section included a series on the 1968 Milk River elevator fire; and an eight-photo panorama of Lookout Hill at Writing-On-. Stone Provincial Park by Richard Welsh. Irene Welsh showed a marvelous decoupage of U.S. illustrator Harvey Dunn's famous painting. The Prairie Is My Garden. Hank Schmitt of Milk River displayed polished rock slabs imbedded in thick, clear acrylic coffee tables. The art was also displayed by Aime and Maxine Croteau. Lena Lyall of the town showed her "lawn bugs" - brightly colored, painted flat, round rocks. There were numerous events packed into a day that started with a flapjack breakfast on Main St. and ended with a dance in the Kinsmen's beer garden. Donkey baseball, rolling pin throwing, steer show, gymkhana, and'square dancing - Bonanza Day had them all. Blue skies and heat brought Coaldale residents out for Settlers' Days last weekend. Watching Coaldale residents compete Saturday for trophies donated by local businesses drew about 1,000 people to the rodeo grounds east of town. Winners in the rodeo events were, bull riding: first. Ken Slater of Lethbridge, second, Jerry Lunde, and a tie was declared for third between Ike Johansen and Brian Johan-sen. Calf roping: Ted Brantner of Wrentham and Lonny Madison, and Len Thielen of Milk River. Junior barrel racing: Debbie Brantner of Wrentham. Open barrel racing: Donna Brantner of Wrentham; Mary Ann Handsame, Sunny side; and' Carol Skelding of Lethbridge. Junior steer riding: Ken Ober, Readymade, Tommy Corey, Coaldale. Wild cow milking: Jack Regehr, Coaldale, Tommy Miller, Readymade and Roy Thomas, Picture Butte. The parade Saturday drew about 1,500 spectators. Winners were, preschool: Trevor Little, first, Allison Tomiyama, second and Lynnette Coyne, third, school-age: Bradley Cox, Sheraldine Tomiyama and Cindy La Valley, playground: Mother Goose Playground of McNally, Coaldale Swimming Pool and Hardieville Playground. Clubs: Coaldale Pythian Sisters and Coaldale Senior Citizens and Coaldale Kinsmen, churches: Coaldale United Church and Coaldale Buddhist Church, local commercial: Steve's Quality Meats and Confectionery, Marten's IGA and Harms Confectionery. Outside commercial: Engineered Homes, Southern Alberta Co-op and McCallum Saddlery, novelty: Vauxhall bicycle group, Coaldale OFY group and Darel Nachay. Honorable mentions went to the Coaldale band, the Lethbridge Shrine band, the City of Lethbridge float and the Canada Winter Games float. A special mention was given to the RCMP personnel who led the parade. Picture Butte winners collect $550 in prizes PICTURE BUTTE (Staff) - The Picture Butte and District Agricultural Society paid out about $550 in prize money to winners in its 7th annual Jamboree Days parade � here Monday. About 1,500 people lined the streets of this town 20 miles north of Lethbridge to watch what one official termed "as good a parade as we have ever had." The one-hour parade started at 11 a.m. A list of winners follows: Non-commercial float: LDS Church and Elks and Order of th-e Royal Purple in a combined entry. Commercial float: Southern Alberta Co-operative and Or-cutt's Esso. Youth float: Picture Butte Playground Association and Opportunities For Youth. Decorated non-commercial car: Iron Springs Unifarm and Picture Butte Happy Old-timers' Club. Decorated commercial car: Helen's Beauty Shop and Picture Butte Auction Market. Family group: Etta Toth, Picture Butte and Ken Lumley, Coalhurst. Antique car: Dick Haney, Picture Butte. Decorated bike: ""Darlene Bilcik, Turin and Chris Sawa, Picture Butte. Non-organized group: Barrhill Social Club of Barrhill, eight miles northwest of Picture Butte and Centennial Ave., Picture Butte. Most original adult entry: Bill Nagy, Picture Butte. PHIL ILLINGWORTH photos Settlers^ Days Settling down on the sidewalks' of Coaldale for the annual Settlers' Days parade, town and district residents look as grim as a farmer with a broken plow. Lethbridge entry wins Milk River Bonanza Parade MILK RIVER (Staff) - Judges named the City of Lethbridge "Salute to the RCMP" float the grand winner of the 7th annual Milk River Bonanza Day parade Monday. Second in the overall grand awards category was the Milk River LDS Church float and third was the Border Counties Hospital entry. Among winners were, family section: Norman Vornbrock, Ray Swanson, Bob Laackmann. Church float: Milk River LDS Curch, AUerston Catholic Women's League and Milk River Lutheran Church. Walking adult: Beth Douglas and Ed Henline. Decorated car: J. D. Body Shop, Fort Restaurant and Alberta Wheat Pool. Youth organization: Milk River 4-H Beef Club, Milk River Guides and Brownies. Miscellaneous section: City of Lethbridge "Salute to RCMP", and Border Counties Hospital. Community clubs: Milk River Elks, TOPS, and Coutts-Sweetgrass International Lions Club. Novelty: Milk River Heritage Hall Oldtimers' Club. Equestrian family group: Winters family of Milk River. Equestrian glamor: Betty O'Donnell, Monna Spencer. Adult western: Wes Newhouse, Leon Orr and Elsie Halmrast. Children's western: Tracy Schmidt, Sandra Schmidt and Gillian Mills. Riding club, Coutts International 4-H Horse Club. Children's novelty: Peggy Snow, Maureen Snow and Jo Ellen Madge. Group of. children: Jammy Balog, Doug Hulit, Karen Johnston, Kim Schmidt and Clifford Theilen. Thirty Lethbridge yards judged in Friday test Lethbridge's amateur gardeners' yards were judged Friday in the Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society's annual grounds and garden competition. Stephanie Wolstoncroft, secretary-treasurer of the society, said more than 30 entries were received in seven categories. Placing first, second and third, respectively, in the grounds less than 50 feet were Alice Rea, 613 18th St. S., Herb Kirkland, 2014 9th Ave. S., and Harry Van de Coevering, 614 12th St. S. Grounds over 50 feet was won by R. A. Kimberley, 191814th St. S., followed by Byron Nilsson, 1326 Mayor Magrath Dr. The composite category was won by Harvey Weins, 1401 19th St. N. Kosta Ostaficiuk, 1521 Lakeshore Rd., placed second, and Art Layfield, 2205 Scenic Dr., third. Mrs. Wolstoncroft, 726 22nd St. N., placed first in vegetable gardens, followed by Joe Csurka, 532 20th St. N., and H. E. Klosson, 410 27th St. S. ' Pete Sadowski, 111112th St. C N., placed first in the unusual garden competition, B, Spencer, 2429 9th Ave. N., placed second and John Paskuski, 426 24th St. S., placed third. The commercial grounds category was won by the Edith Cavell Nursing Home, followed by the downtown A and W drive-in and the Lethbridge Public Library. No award was made in the new grounds category.