Celebrating Warburg Heritage Days 2015

Heritage Days 2015 proved to be a toasty two-day event in Warburg.

HALF SHELL - Six-year-old Elise and  four-year-old Carter Buteau get acquainted with the red footed tortoise at the Zoo 2 U exhibit June 28 at the Warburg Heritage Days celebration.

HALF SHELL - Six-year-old Elise and four-year-old Carter Buteau get acquainted with the red footed tortoise at the Zoo 2 U exhibit June 28 at the Warburg Heritage Days celebration.

Heritage Days 2015 proved to be a toasty two-day event in Warburg. It was held on the weekend of June 27 and 28 and each day kicked off with a pancake breakfast and a baseball tournament.

The new parade route began at the Buck Mountain Gas Co-op grounds. Parade marshal Les Nemeth said there were over 40 parade entrants this year with prizes awarded in six categories: Sports: 1st Warburg Curling Club; Businesses: 1st Warburg Hotel, 2nd JG Greenhouse, 3rd: 93.1 Radio; Novelty: 1st Joe Pryztula, 2nd Glen Scott, 3rd Splash Park Committee; Societies and Clubs: 1s Warburg Library, 2nd Warburg Alliance Church, 3rd Warburg Ag Society; Antique Vehicles: 1st Verna Woods, 2nd Carl Maciborski, 3rd Ken Rempel and Horses: 1st Gordon Schnick & Bruce McKeil, 2nd Dennis Jensen.

Warburg CAO Chris Pankewitz said the new parade route was chosen due to congestion in the Legion-curling-arena areas where many other activities such as the show and shine, bouncy houses and Euro bungee, the Legion beer gardens and the museum pie and coffee were ongoing.

There were 25 show and shine entrants which, according to organizer Joanne Liba, was “really good considering it was such a hot day.” Temperatures climbed into the low 30’s.  First place went to Verna Woods’ 1931 Ford Model A pickup truck; second and third place were tied: Dwayne Mayr 2013 Camaro with Lamborghini doors and Wayne Sibley 1959 Chevy Apache pickup truck.

Metal Mayhem demolition derby celebrated its tenth year; organizers added the 65 & Older Class vehicles to the mini’s and barrel racing lineup. There were six entrants from BC and a couple from Saskatchewan. Stan Wurban estimated there were around 3,200 in attendance.  The unexpectedly high temperatures had beverage vendors scrambling to nearby stores for extra water.

Heritage Days offered something for everyone—square dancers, face-painting, good eats, bathtub races and even a family friendly movie, “Dumbo.” In the cool of the midnight hour, residents and guests enjoyed a fireworks display.

The Party in the Park event took place on Sunday. There was a public market. Dan the Balloon Man entertained kids of all ages, while The Great Balanzo kept people in stitches with feats of juggling and magic tricks with a little help from the kids.  The BYOI (bring-your-own-instrument) jam session and performances offered musicians a great venue for showcasing their talent.

Something new this year was the Zoo 2 U.  Children were introduced to 16 exotic animals—including an African fat tailed gecko, a red footed tortoise, rose haired tarantula, a Uromastyx lizard, and a ball python. Were the kids afraid?  According to owners Melinda and Fred, many overcame their fears while watching others interacting with the animals. After that,  and they also wanted to hold them.

Leduc County sponsored pony hop races and a mechanical bull. 16-year-old Lyle Peasley reported when his bullride was over, “It was fun and profoundly difficult.” Everyone came away with newfound respect for pro bullriders.

What did people think of the 2015 Heritage Days? “Everybody’s comment was that we had a lot more to offer this year,” said CAO Pankewitz. “It was put together well.”