By Anthony Dransfeld
The Jaffray Fall Fair does not traditionally keep attendance records. If they did they certainly would have set a record this past weekend.
Their motto is ‘small community, big heart,’ and it seemed like everyone in town was involved in some way with the Fall Fair. The Red Neck Car Rally kicked off the weekend on Friday night, and was won by the team of Travis, Missy, Amy and Jason. Saturday morning the Lady Lions put on a terrific breakfast at the Jaffray Hall with tasty pancakes, farmers sausage and eggs (and it was only $5.) The Farmers Market started up at noon with 100 exhibitors. Flippin Crepes out of Kimberley was a very popular spot to eat, Jiggles The Clown was a big hit with all of the children, the kids had lots of games and a neat inflatable castle to slide in. The crib tournament started at 1 p.m. in the Jaffray Hall. When the dust settled it was Serious Coin out of Baynes Lake (Herb Dilts and Doug Meldrum) losing out to Fanny Hall 933 to 931. Talk about close!
The Slo Pitch ball tournament was won by Shake and Bake from Jaffray. Keaton Seymour of Shake and Bake made a stupendous catch in centre field that drew applause from both teams and the bleacher fans. The raffle for a load of 200-year-old Larch logs from Tee Pee Mountain (donated by Clinton Lightburn) was a very popular ticket at the Jaffray Fall Fair. The draw is next month.
Boys 12-year-old running race: Gage Pastiewick of Sparwood.
Girls 12-plus running race: Nikita Pastiewick of Sparwood.
Girls bike race: Sydney Fahselt of Jaffray.
Boys bike race: Omael Laforrest.
Mens cycle race: First – Neil Johnson, Second – Travis Fahselt, Third – Brian Theilan.
Ladies cycle race: Krista Damstrom.
Mens 6K run: First – Jason Jones.
Womens 6K run: Denise Damstrom.
Senior women winner: Karen Bergman.
These events drew many competitors. The Bench Show aggregate winner was Giselle Pierce, winning all categories.
210 people enjoyed the steak supper and dance put on down at the Jaffray Hall on Saturday night. The steaks were marinated for 24-hours and were awesome. The duck races on Sunday afternoon drew 140 quackers to Sand Creek. After a perilous journey the winning duck won $ 200, owned by Gail Hall of Jaffray. Second place went to Marla Jones who pocketed $100 for her duck “Daffy.” Many of the volunteers started out at 5 a.m. on Saturday and did not get to their beds until 2.30 a.m. Sunday morning after cleaning the Jaffray Hall and other chores. Well done Jaffray, you put on quite a party.