BRUNKILD CENTENNIAL HELD JULY 2003
BRUNKILD CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL IN STYLE!
From the Wine and Cheese reception Friday night, the fun activities, fireworks and musical entertainment on Saturday, and the well attended church service and brunch on Sunday, Brunkild celebrated its 100th birthday in style.
Just over six hundred registered guests took in the three day event. The total number of people who visited our town over the three day event is estimated at 700-800 people, however, as visitors from neighbouring towns stopped by to take in the pancake breakfast and parade, garage/craft/bake sale and fabulous fireworks. A number of delegates to the World Lutheran Federation meeting in Winnipeg, including well known to many Brunkild residents, Dr. Noko, General Secretary of World Lutheran Federation, were special guests at the Sunday service and brunch.
On Friday evening guests enjoyed wine, cheese and tastily, artfully, locally prepared snacks. Locals and those from far away had a chance to pick out who was who in old photos and relive Brunkild's past. T-shirts, mugs, recipe book/almanacs and history books were available throughout the weekend.
After a hearty pancake breakfast,sponsored by Rosenort Credit Union, everyone picked out a spot along the parade route.
There were 65 entries in the parade which was lead by the RCMP, including our very own Arnold Kliewer Jr. resplendent in his red serge. Reeve Rodney Burns, riding in the back of Sanford area farmer Garvin Kabernick's T-bird represented the RM of Macdonald and our MLA Mavis Tailleau represented the Province. Families and businesses were creative in their entries with everything from the Crocus Swine entry featuring three real little pigs and a big bad wolf (identity unknown?), some familiar looking hillbillies from the Lea Bank area, a number of floats representing our Brunkild families and old and new farm equipment, including spraying outfits from the past and present complete with signs advertising current per acre prices.
The dedication of the Brunkild Consolidated School monument at the old school grounds with a presentation by Elsie Steinke, was followed by an official Centennial flag raising at the Recreation Centre. MLA Mavis Tailleau presented Brunkild with a special commemorative placque.
Registered guests enjoyed a complimentary hot dog or pork on a bun sponsored by Landmark Feeds, Crocus Swine, Domain Porkplex, and Winland Pork.
The afternoon's activities included pick up baseball, a crib tournament, and fun activities for the kids, including, a bubble pool, jumping castle, face painting, street painting, Mr. Biggles, a town-wide scavenger hunt and horseback rides. A comfortable shuttle bus was available to take guests to and from the various event locations, on a cemetery tour and to farmyards outside the town.
The delicious evening banquet was followed by speeches and entertainment in the Hall provided by band members representing the musical history of Brunkild including former members of the Polka Partners, the Nomads, and the Echos. Local musician Ron Karlowksy, most recently with Northern Lights and the BBG Band, put together an excellent array of musicians to provide entertainment in the beer gardens leading up to and following a magnificent fireworks display arranged by Robin Karlowsky and sponsored by Bestland Agro (see comments on guest book page).
Entertainment by Southern Comfort Revised rounded out the evening activities.
Appreciation and congratulations are extended to the many volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event a success.
I would personally like to thank the committee and all the volunteers for their hard
work and dedication, especially Audrey Hanna, whose dedication and organizational skills has helped greatly to make this a successful celebration.
Len Poersch, Chairman of Brunkild Centennial Committee
Brunkild Centennial Celebration would not be a success without the dedication of our community and our sponsors. THANK YOU!!!
Best-Land Agro Ltd.
Brunkild Co-operative Elevator
Landmark Feeds/Crocus Swine/Domain Pork Plex/Winland Pork
Wilde Brothers Farm
Rosenort Credit Union
M.G.C. Enterprises - Shell Canada Bulk
Enns Brothers Oak Bluff
Leonard Poersch/L&M Agri Services
R.M. of Macdonald
Sanford Credit Union
Sperling Industries Ltd.
Rosenort Agro Ltd.
Avonlea Farms Sales
Lewko Bros. Construction Ltd.
Liz's Homemade Foods
McCarthy & Brown Barristers
Brunkild Bar & Grill
Cargill Grain - Elm Creek
Carman Chicken Chef
Mondo Farms/Lynn Poersch
Morse Bros. Aerial Applicators
Class "A" Auto
Parkland Floor & Interiors
Pitura Seed Farms Ltd.
Poersch, Myrtle Reflexology
Doyle's Funeral Home
Reinsch Seed Cleaning
Dufferin Credit Union
Sperling Co-op Elevator
Starbuck Credit Union
Gillis Service Garage
Starbuck General Insurance
Stein, Henry & Dolly Herkert
Steven's Drug Store
Stevens Lumber Co. Ltd.
Syl's Drive Inn
Kliewers General Store
Vanderveens' Greenhouses Ltd.
Lea Bank Equestian Center
"EXTRA SPECIAL" THANK YOU 's
Brunkild Recreation Committee - For all your support & assistance.
L. Poersch & Staff - For all your work recording & receiving registrations etc.
Dolly Herkert & Henry Stein - For always being there to open & close the hall for our "many" meetings - and for all the "extra" work involved.
Hill Billy Garden Centre - For your BEAUTIFUL Hanging Flower Baskets that added a lot of color & brightened our town.
EXTRA BIG THANK YOU to all those businesses & individuals/families, both town & rural that contributed money towards our Hanging Flower Baskets.
Bill Bain - For making the fantastic Brackets for the Flower Baskets. Great Job!
Henry Stein & Bill Bain - For your terrific watering invention and taking the time to water/fertilize our town flowers. What would we do without you!!
Garth Hanna & Gary Karlowsky & Entire "Flower Crew" - For the use of your tractors, and the ENTIRE CREW for helping hang the flower baskets.
Kathy Bunkowsky and the rest of the history book committee - For all your hard earned efforts on the Brunkild History Book.
Ken Potter - For making our Centennial Signs & Winkler Tumbleweed for Sponser Sign
Bill Bain & Garth Hanna - For your ingenious ideas for the old cart and old truck and flowers at each end of town.
Gary Karlowsky - For donating your "old antique" grainery, and helping us turn it into a "new" concession.
Al Rimmer, Garth Hanna & ENTIRE CREW - who worked on the concession, moving the building, reconstructing, new roof, new paint, installed shelves, leveling gravel, cleaning etc. Also Matt & Rodger Bestland for doing the wiring.
Al Rimmer & Gary Karlowsky - For rebuilding/improving our wheelchair access
All the Volunteers that cleaned-up the trees/grass & grounds at the Fair Grounds.
Darren & Brent Bestland - For the great job of continually mowing the Fair
Grounds and Brunkild Rec & Rink grass - Great Job!
Michelle Grabowsky - For scheduling/phoning all our volunteers.
Arnold & Kelly Kliewer/Kliewers Store Inc. - For your support & ideas for fund raising,
letting us use your store for a "center point", and for the use of your indoor &
outdoor boards. Also Audrey Reinsch for your Postal Contribution.
Lynn Poersch/Mondo Farms - for letting us take a swath out of your canola
Barbara Kaminsky - For the beautiful centerpieces on our dinner tables.
Everyone who supported our fundraising-Archies Meat Draw / Hat Draw /
Monthly Surprise Draw / Patsy Cline Night etc.- Donators & Helpers
Heather Armstrong - For your internet expertise and keeping everyone up-to-date.
Grads 2004 - For handling our weekend Garbage Patrol/Pick-up.
ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE WHO HELPED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER - THANKS!!
Here's who came - list as of July 17 - new list may be added
Adler Dashevsky, Edith
Armstrong Leask, Heather
Hinkelman, Sally(not attending)
Janke, Albert(not attending)
Janke, Eleanor(not attending)
Karlowsky, Katie Ann
Katz Adler, Alexis
Kliewer, Arnold Sr.
Lesiuk, John(not attending)
Rausch, Allison and Jake
Synchena, Alice(not attend.)
Wilde, Jo Ann