KERROBERT — Knowing people needed an opportunity to celebrate a safe and successful harvest as well as celebrate the community in general, Thanksgiving weekend included opportunities to gather and to celebrate in Kerrobert.
There was plenty of food and fun and family and friends enjoyed time together under the warm October sun.
Family and friends of Kerrobert residents were invited to join in the fun which would offer activities and meals to keep folks busy and fed all weekend, as well as giving local organizations an opportunity to fundraise and allowing residents to continue to build community spirit and camaraderie.
Organizers also noted two Kerrobert families used the weekend as opportunity to host family reunions.
Oct. 6, the weekend kicked off with Thanksgiving story time at Kerrobert Library. Supper plans were looked after with the annual Kerrobert Fire Department open house and barbecue with donations earmarked for the Kerrobert Food Bank.
Oct. 7 included a barbecue and a tour of Kerrobert Composite School to see the additions and upgrades that have been done. School improvements include freshly painted hallways, new lighting in the gym, student artwork in hallways, freshly painted lockers and new Rebel signage, new football field lights, new playground lighting, new trophy cabinet displays, new “James Charteris’s Gymnasium” sign and picture and KCS signs refreshed and yearbooks from 2021-22 were for sale.
The school grounds also provided the added excitement of a Friday night lights football game, with kick off at 7 p.m. against the Kindersley Kobras.
Oct. 8. started with a parade orchestrated by the Kerrobert Chamber of Commerce. Youngsters were invited to join the kids’ fun zone hosted by Kerrobert Credit Union at the poolside park after the parade. Lunch was offered at Pioneer Haven followed by an afternoon of activities taking place at Kerrobert Cultural Centre, including a turkey shoot at Kerrobert Library. Activity at the Cultural Centre gave attendees a chance to see the almost-completed front steps restoration project.
The Smith family invited festival goers to watch a Super92 and other vintage harvest equipment take off some wheat west of Kerrobert on Highway 21 to Luseland, just past the Alliance turn off. A couple dozen people came out to witness the unique display of harvest equipment in action from days gone by. A heartwarming part of the harvest display included 90-year-old Muriel Neumeier operating the old combine, which was the same model she drove when she and her husband farmed. She even unloaded the grain onto the waiting grain truck, with her son Joe by her side. See story upcoming on SASKTODAY.ca
Kerrobert Minor Hockey served up a barbecue in the curling rink parking lot before folks could head in the rink to watch a 4:30 p.m. game between the U15 AA Wheatkings and an exhibition senior Tigers game. The evening wrapped up with a Tigers comedy night featured Kelly Taylor, followed by a DJ.
Mayor Wayne Mock, in an earlier monthly mayor column, noted that as part of the senior hockey Tigers game, the community will kick off celebrations for the 75th anniversary of their arena. The arena was once a Second World War airplane hangar that was dismantled in North Battleford, hauled to Kerrobert and reconstructed into what the community experiences today.
Bobbi Hebron, Kerrobert recreation director, also told the Press-Herald in an earlier interview, “The intention of the Harvest Festival was to provide committees an opportunity to hold a fundraising event, a place for businesses to promote their goods and services as well as bring the community together in one large celebration.”