Lasso lassy - A young cowgirl tries her hand at roping during the Kids Gymkhana which was featured at Wawota’s Heritage Days.

The valley in Wawota was once again the setting for that community’s Heritage Day celebration last Saturday, Aug. 20.
Kathy Hamilton (one of the event organizers) says that Heritage Days had all of the things one would expect of a small-town fair.
“This was the first time in three years that we were able to have Heritage Days again. We had an exciting day and were happy to welcome a number of new volunteers who came to help out.
“The feedback we’ve received so far has been very positive. Our parade was great. We had a number of kids activities, face painting and the Petting Zoo there for young visitors to enjoy throughout the day and those were very busy!
“Our kids Gymkhana was very well received. There were kids from as far away as Oxbow, McLean and into Manitoba who came here to participate in that. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to offer a generous payout to the participants. And we already have a list of people who want to take part next year!
“There were a large number of pies entered in our Pie Baking Contest (much to the delight of our judges!). The prize for Best Cream Pie and Overall Blue Ribbon Winner went to Valerie Van Dresar for her coconut cream pie. Jackie Oliver and Lois Greenbank shared the prize for Best Fruit Pie.
“The Talent Show was wonderful. We had so many great entries. The winner was a young gentleman from Moosomin named Andrew Bleau (15) who blew the audience away!
“We also had vendors with lots of great food on offer – a fantastic Beef Supper (put on by our Mayor and the Town of Wawota), a cabaret featuring music by the Back 40 Drifters and an amazing fireworks display!”
While Heritage Days was held later on in August that it has previously been, Hamilton says that organizers were very pleased with the number of people who came out for the event.
“In the past we’ve had Heritage Days on the long weekend in August. So, it was a bit later this year. We haven’t made any decision on when it will be held next year.
“But we are extremely happy with the turnout that we had. Our community really turned up and supported us!”

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