Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ranchland Mall Harvest Festival 2015

Toni Lucas

Hundreds of people attended the Ranchland Mall Harvest Festival in Pincher Creek on Saturday, September 26. There was live music, contests, games and activities to offer a wide range of things to do for people across a wide variety of ages and interests. Loretta Packham, the owner of Mrs. P's Coffee Corner,thought the day went very well. "There were a lot of people here all day, and they were all having fun."

photos - T. Lucas, C. Davis, J. Davis, D. Crawford

The car smash fundraiser went very well with the proceeds going toward the spray park initiative.  Mrs. P's again hosted a scarecrow building contest, with the scarecrows adding to the ambiance on the day.   The fashion show that was hosted by High Country Western Wear was also well attended.  These were only a few of the things one could do during the day.

Jayce navigates the maze
One of the big draws were the Flo and Elmo contest where one person is blindfolded on a pedal car and their partner had to guide them through a maze with verbal instructions. This is a slow going race that had had some hilarious moments in it. Lukas & Brenda Sorge made it through with the fastest time. Shane Bieda won the wing eating contest and chose to donate his winnings to the Spray Park a major fundraising drive represented at the Harvest Fest. Caitlin McKenzie, Brett Dyck, Robbie Furrlott, Laressa McGlynn, Kassandra McKinnon were all winners of Wes Mack tickets.
Wing eating contest (Dan Crawford photos)

The cake walk held by Parent Link had people of all ages vied to win one of a multitude of cakes which were donated for the walk. The paint therapy challenge had contestants working at high speeds to make their chair the most beautiful they could. Kathryn Sinnott, Ashley & Kristin won this event, showing their painting prowess. You could also challenge yourself by signing up for the 3 on 3 basketball tourney.

Bonnie Conrad and Carolyn Dooper's Minion cake

Creepy Cake Walk cake
Everything was not a contest. Pincher Creek Emergency Services were at the festival teaching attendees how to use an automated external defibrillator, and a variety of local entertainers performing inside and out for the day. There were sparkle tattoos, face painting and Papa Joe made balloon animals for the kids. Kids had fun decorating their own little pumpkin donated by Co-op and many people got a pie from the Order of the Eastern Star, an ice cream from Rotary, visited, and just had fun throughout the day listening to a number of local entertainers, including multitalented jam host Adam Schoening.

Lillian Sisson decorates a pumpkin
Dolphin Swim Club's Kullen and Kim
Nicki and Will Schoening
Marie decorates Mercy

Juno investigates letterboard at Parent Link

(above and below) PCES AED demonstration

Papa Joe's balloons make every event a party

Dominic and David Barragan at the Pincher Creek Rotary booth
Phil Lethbridge (white hat) with jam host Adam Schoening on drums
Rocky Mountain Fiddlers

Decorative therapy
The mall was packed all day
Parent Link sign
Teyla, Joshua, and Becky 

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