The hamlet of Jedburgh, located about 50 km north west of Yorkton, with a population of just 8 people, will host a crowd of 400 for the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of the RM of Garry #245, August 10 & 11. The residents of the RM of Garry have come together to ensure the RM’s milestone is celebrated.
Garry Dubiel, Reeve of the RM is proud of the work the planning committee has done in order to make the celebrations memorable. “We put a call out to the ratepayers in April and since then a committee of 25 has been meeting regularly to organize and plan the celebrations,” he said. “Registration is at about 400 and people are coming from across Canada to join in the festivities.”
Evelyn Hull, Chair of the planning committee agrees with Dubiel that the committee has achieved much since that first meeting. “We are so excited about the program that has been put together,” she said. And we are pleased that so many people are coming back to their home RM to help us celebrate the occasion.”
The celebrations begin with Registration at the Jedburgh Curling Rink at 10:00 a.m. Once registered, guests will have the opportunity to renew old acquaintances, visit and view the displays of memorabilia. A parade will occur at 1:00 p.m. “We are all looking forward to the parade,” said Hull. “Descendants of several pioneering families will be entering floats in the parade so we will be treated to a lot of variety.” Several current businesses and residents will also be entering floats and exhibits in the parade.
A formal program will begin at 3:00 p.m. Hull indicated the committee is honoured that several dignitaries are making an effort to attend the celebrations, including Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield and the Honourable Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture.
A banquet and dance is planned for the evening. A Fireworks display will occur at 10:00 p.m.
The next morning, the committee will be serving a pancake breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. and a Beer Gardens will open at 10:00. “Sunday is one more opportunity for everyone to meet and visit,” said Dubiel. “We want our residents and former residents to always remember the RM’s 100th Anniversary.”