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Community-wide event celebrated summer in Macoun

Macoun had a weekend full of fun events and activities

MACOUN - Macoun hosted a fun-filled weekend to celebrate the community and the summer.

The Labour Day long weekend saw all types of events and entertainment where people of all ages and interests could find something exciting to do.

"It was so great seeing our community come together again," said Mayor Suzanne Kuchinka. "Slow-pitch used to be a big thing here in Macoun when I was younger, so to see that happening again now for the second year in a row was great."

After many months of life with restrictions, Kuchinka said it was great to see the community having fun together again.

"This event was organized by the Macoun Parks and Rec committee but was done trying to include as many of our community organizations as we could. I can't speak for everyone, but for myself, it was important to see the community come together again,” said Kuchinka.

“With 18 months of isolation and social distancing behind us (fingers crossed), it was so great to see kids on the streets on their bikes and the stands of the ball games full, people sharing meals and laughs together. Everyone together and enjoying the outdoors and the community and each other.”

The fun-filled weekend started off with a ball game Friday night and a beer pong tournament with eight teams participating, which saw Renai Easton and Chayse Graham as the winners. 

A pancake breakfast put on by the Macoun Evangelical Missionary Church set the mood for the weekend.

Eight teams entered the slow-pitch tournament. Nine games were played on Saturday and four more were on Sunday, with Fireball winning the final against The Meat.

"I hear from the players it's a great tournament and thanks need to go to our board member Kayden Hjortland for putting that together," said Kuchinka.

The slow-pitch tournament occurred for the second year, but it was the first-ever three-day event. Kuchinka said that keeping in mind the feedback they received they are now thinking about making it annual. But one thing may need to be adjusted going forward.

"I think if we move forward on the same weekend next year we will have to address being able to watch the Labour Day (football) game," Kuchinka said with a laugh. "I think that was probably our biggest misstep."

Little Cubs pre-school provided lunch on Saturday, which was a fundraiser to help them with their operations. The Macoun Town Hall committee had their corn hole tournament with 12 teams competing. Sharon Kuntz and Sharon McGillicky won the tournament and Breanna DeBruyne won the long shot.

A petting zoo, bouncy castles and face painting on site provided for entertainment for kids.

Chicken poop bingo sold out in two hours and saw Chantelle Stang and Shayla Arnold split the winnings when Roosty pooped on the line of their two squares.

Parks and Rec served a beef on a bun supper on Saturday, and burgers and hotdogs on Sunday. Saturday night also had Crossroads entertaining at a cabaret, and Lisa Kuntz sang for the hometown crowd with about 100 people attending.

A Sunday afternoon kids parade had 22 young riders entering.

After the final ball game and supper, the weekend was capped off by fireworks Sunday night.  

 "All in all, it was a great weekend. A little something for everyone," Kuchinka said. "Just a big thank you to our community for coming out, all of our sponsors for supporting us and enabling us to put the funds from this event back into the community and a thank you to all the ball teams, pong teams and corn hole teams for coming out." 

They are currently working on a beach volleyball area at the William Snider Park as well as getting the outdoor hockey rink boards back up on their permanent home and ready for the upcoming winter season. The money raised through the long weekend activities will help pay those bills.