Enjoy this look at some of the entries in the 2017 Unity Western Days parade, held in Unity, Saskatchewan, June 3. (See the June 9 and June 16 Press-Herald newspapers for details re winning floats, etc. – this is just a visual post!)
The July 22nd issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald is small but mighty with coverage of:
- the Mosquito Cardinals and UK Royals’ provincial ball wins;
- Senlac’s 100 years’ celebration and homecoming;
- a farewell to a 27-year Unity business; and
- an article on what goes into preparing to host a Western Canadian event (which will happen August long weekend).
And yes, there’s a new police report, information on a “CRA” scam and a senior Cardinals’ update too as NSRBL teams start playoffs this week.
Below – the “mayor’s car” in the Senlac Centennial parade, July 2, 2016
At least 500 people came to Senlac over the July long weekend for the village’s 100th anniversary homecoming. Please see the July 15th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for additional details. These photos are of the Saturday morning parade, part of the weekend’s activities. More parade photos were published in the July 8th issue of the Press-Herald.
Head to downtown Unity anytime after 12 noon when the Unity and District Chamber of Commerce starts their lunchtime barbecue. Pick up a burger fresh off the grill parked on 2nd Avenue East near the Bank of Montreal building, then the Lions Club will have a selection of pies available for dessert. They will be set up near the Unity Credit Union.
The annual Western Days parade starts at 1 pm and will come down 7th Avenue East from the Unity Community Centre, then down Main Street all the way to Railway (1st Avenue) where it will turn west and then turn again to head down 1st Street West back to 7th Avenue. Here are a couple of 2014 Rodeo Queen contestants and others riding in the 2014 parade.
After the parade, check out the vehicles in the Show and Shine in the Delta Co-op Food Store parking lot. They will be set up and ready to go by 2 pm, along with a flea market. You never know what bargains you might find!
Then the rodeo itself, what the weekend is really all about starts out at the rodeo grounds at 5:30 pm. There will be bouncy castles for the kids, a food booth and beer gardens along with all the rodeo action, including locals trying their luck at Celebrity Bull Riding.
Tonight Longshot plays at the rodeo dance, 9 am to 2 pm
Tomorrow, Sunday, May 24, the schedule includes a pancake breakfast hosted by Unity Baptist Church from 8 to 10 am, slack rodeo events at 9 am and complete rodeo action at 2 pm, including more locals trying their luck as bull riders.
If you’re looking for Western Days coverage in next week’s paper, you will find a little. But don’t despair. there will be more photos and lots more details the following week! Meanwhile, in the June 9th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald, there will be a few photos from Saturday’s events of the 2014 Unity, Saskatchewan Western Days, along with a full article on the 2014 Citizen of the Year.
Also in next week’s paper:
- coverage of the Leipzig Serenity Retreat Music Festival, also held last weekend;
- did you know Unity has a new doctor? You’ll be introduced to Dr. Dhillon in next week’s Press-Herald;
- an article on and pie charts breaking down the 2014 Town of Unity budget;
- all that, and Faith Matters, the RCMP Report, who’s going to provincial track from area high schools, etc., etc.
There will be something for everyone, as usual, at this year’s Western Days event in Unity, Saskatchewan.
Tonight, leave the cooking to the Westen chefs and enjoy a roast beef supper – all ages welcome – and find out who Unity’s Citizen of the Year is. 5:30 pm at the Agroplex.
Later on, take part in, or at least watch, the spirited bidding for the hats of the Local Celebrity Cow Riders and relax – or dance – to the music of HillBilly Blunt Revisited and Lonely J.
Tomorrow, Saturday, come on downtown for lunch. The Unity and District Chamber of Commerce will be manning the barbecue on 2nd Avenue, just east of Main Street, from 11 am on. Have lunch, check out the stores and then stake out your spot on the sidewalk for the annual parade, scheduled to start at 1 pm from the Unity Community Centre.
(See the Unity Credit Union ad on the last page of the May 26 Press-Herald for the parade route, but please note the parade will actually follow the route in reverse order!)
After the parade, you’ll have time for a siesta, some yardwork or shopping before the rodeo itself starts out at the rodeo grounds at 5:30 pm. This family-friendly entertainment will include cowgirls racing at top speed, directing their horses around barrels, cowboys vying for the fastest calf roping times and the heart-stopping spills and chills of both bull and bronc riding.
The rodeo will include your friends and neighbours risking … well, maybe not life and limb, but probably limbs! … as they try to last eight seconds on an angry, bucking cow, determined to see its would-be rider face first in the arena dirt!
Participating in the Celebrity Cow Riding event this year are last year’s champion, Jaylon Kuhn, Miners’ Bob Davey and Michael and Adam Shirley, lady rider Shelby Ordynas and Trevor Senger, Cody Bosch, Kevin Martin and Dan Feser, along with some more of the Kuhn brothers.
Later leave the kids with a babysitter and come kick up your heels to the music of Longshot at the Western Days Cabaret Saturday evening, 9 pm to 2 am.
And don’t forget to buy your tickets from one of the four girls running for Rodeo Queen.
You don’t have to cook much this weekend! The Unity Baptist Church is providing a free pancake breakfast out at the grounds Sunday morning. Entertainment starts at 10:30 am, followed by breakfast at 11:45.
The weather forecast looks wonderful for the weekend, so chances are you can bask in the sun Sunday afternoon as you take in the second day of rodeo events, including the finals for the local Celebrity Cow Riders. Grab supper at the booth and you won’t even have to cook when you get home from the fun Western Days weekend!