by Dara Todd, Elie Correspondent

If you have never stopped in Elie on your way to the big city, you are missing out! In the past 3 years we’ve lived here this community has shown its true colours as a welcoming, fun place to live. This weekend was a great example of that, as the RM of Cartier celebrated its Centennial. There were a lot of fun activities for everyone.

The day started off unveiling a centennial clock in the opening ceremony, and a pretty great parade (but it needed more candy). Thankfully near the end of the parade a couple floats were throwing out freezies and candy. There were a couple really nice old cars, as well as some big tractors (old and new), fire truck, ambulance, and graders from the local businesses in the parade.

Nothing like a community grunt to bring people together. It was reported someone in this photo made some Elie wind while doing this. Can you identify who?

Nothing like a community grunt to bring people together. It was reported someone in this photo made some Elie wind while doing this. Can you identify who?

The fire truck pull was raising money for a toddler in the community who had a rare form of cancer. Not only was it fun to watch the teams of 10 pull the truck, but they raised just under $12,000 for Pediatric Cancer Care Manitoba, which is pretty awesome! Our community sure knows how to show up to support each other, big or small.

Entertainment for the kids included pony rides, indoor bouncers, a clown, balloon artist, face painting, a juggler on stilts. There was a fun family baseball tournament, vendors, beer garden, and supper in the hall. The Treble, and Dust Rhinos put on an awesome show. I missed seeing the Metis Prairie Steppers, but I heard they were pretty good too. The rain started to pour around 6pm, but there were plenty of places to stay dry and enjoy the evening. Even though it was still drizzling rain at 11pm they set off the fireworks to end the evening with an impressive bang. If you missed all the fun this weekend, just mark your calendars for the next centennial celebration in 2114.

 

20140617_165803The Hoop and Holler is proud, excited, and tickled an off colour of purple to welcome Dara Todd to the team.  She is a wife and mother of a bunch, and former Portage la Prairian who now lives in and around the general area of Elie.  She is handy with a camera, creative, can craft a word or two and will be providing some perspective on life on the Elie Plains.  As you can tell by her photo she is not to be taken lightly or too seriously and that is why she’ll fit right in at The Hoop and Holler.

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