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!)
Read all about Unity’s 2017 Citizen of the Year – Si Campbell – in the June 9th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald! In the local newspaper, you will also find:
- interviews with parents and others about the elimination of the town school bus, starting with the 2017-18 school year;
- who won the Western Days rodeo queen raffle draws (Congratulations to Stephanie Hauta, 2017 Western Days Rodeo Queen!);
- an article on swimming pool opening delays; and
- results for Unity students who competed at provincial track and field in Saskatoon.
Below, Western Days committee member Mary Ann Gaetz introduces the three 2017 rodeo queen candidates to the 200-plus people who came out for the roast beef supper Friday night.
15 brave individuals tried their luck at “bull” riding at the Unity Western Days rodeo May 23 and 24, 2015. Results are in the June 8th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald but here is a photo of the thrills and spills of each of our local courageous (foolhardy?) celebrities, in order of their performances.
Saturday, May 23
Well into June and heading towards summer holidays! Lots happening in Unity and area (including the grand opening of the Unity Credit Union Aquatic Centre) so be sure to check out the calendar and pick up the June 8th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for all the details!
Articles in next week’s paper include the following:
- results and a couple of photos from the Unity Western Days Celebrity “Bull” Riding;
- locals help build a school in Honduras;
- palaeontologists visit the Unity museum; and
- scenes from the 2015 Leipzig Music Festival.
Along with the RCMP report, a Faith Matters column and the Top 10 things in summer to look forward to, once again there`s no shortage of reading material and photographs in the next Press-Herald!
Below, Unity`s Dan Feser has an unfortunate post-fall encounter with the cow he was trying to ride.
Rodeo action at Unity Western Days, Unity, Saskatchewan, May 23, 2015
Intermission featured both a kids’ and an adults’ boot race, sponsored by Junction 21. The adult race’s photo finish necessitated a coin toss to determine the winner.
The June 1st (JUNE! oh my!) issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald will feature plenty of Unity Western Days coverage, including:
- congratulations to and a list of achievements and contributions by Ken Parker, Unity’s 2015 Citizen of the Year;
- Western Days parade photos and results; and
- a general Western Days wrap-up report with rodeo photos.
The only thing missing will be the results and photos of the Celebrity “Bull” Riding, which will be in the June 8th issue.
Not only Western Days coverage of course! Also in the paper are more serious matters such as details on the Town of Unity 2015 budget, passed earlier this week at a council meeting, and the RCMP report. Along with some baseball on the sports page and many new events being advertised, subscribers will find a wealth of entertainment and information in next week’s Press-Herald.
Below, Unity’s own Twila Zunti competed in the ladies’ barrel racing event at the Unity rodeo May 23. Twila is a entrepreneur (Junction 21 Tack & Feed) and a member of the Western Days committee. (Stay tuned to unitystories.com for more rodeo photos which will be uploaded soon.)
Congratulations to the Unity Credit Union – winner of the Press-Herald’s Western Days decorating contest for businesses. The credit union transformed their branch into an old-time saloon, complete with a poker game in progress, wanted posters hanging from the ceiling and plenty of cowboy hats and liquor bottles.
And congratulations to Wildeman Sports Excellence for their second place finish, on the strength of their wonderful window display, which unfortunately does not translate well into a photo but here’s a hint.
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.