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"Bucking Poles & Butter Churns", History of the Lone Pine and District
By the North Lone Pine Women's Institute, July 1972
The Lone Pine District is the entire Township 31 and the south half of Township 32 in Range 27 in the Province of Alberta, plus a one mile strip along the east side of the area in Range 26.
The area was named because of the Lone Pine Creek which meanders from northwest to southeast. The area was first surveyed in 1883, and was described as a "rolling prairie with second class soil". Over the years it has been proven that the Lone Pine district is most suited to mixed farming, with barley and oats being the predominant cereal crops grown.
From 1901 to 1903 nearly every quarter section of land open for homesteading had been taken, with speculators buying up the other available lands and selling it to land-hungry immigrants. Settlers originated from many different countries, but immigrants from Germany, Norway, or Scotland were key, tempted by descriptions of the temperate climate with the blessing of the chinook, luscious grass belly-high to a tall horse, sod just waiting to be turned. Alberta was the answer to a farmer's prayer.
Lone Pine Hall is situated sixteen miles east of Didsbury on the banks of the Lone Pine Creek. The site chosen served the adjoining school districts of Jutland and Burnside.
The hall has been in continuous operation since it was constructed in 1924. It was financed and built by community effort and cooperation. Board members are elected at the annual meetings and to these members are entrusted the business management of the hall.
Fairs have been part of community activities in Alberta since the late 1800s. One part of a traditional agricultural fair is the Bench Show. Due to a lack of volunteers, our last Bench Show was held in 2014. At Lone Pine, our Bench Fair included classes in flowers, potted plants, fruits, canning and pickling, vegetables, baking, sewing, knitting, quilting, handicrafts, artwork, photography, and pioneer skills such as eggs, homemade salad dressing and molasses, and sheaf grains. We also had an arts and crafts section for Juniors and Teens, and Senior exhibitors.
Organizers Susan Page and Joanne Hannah and their team of dedicated volunteers and judges worked long hours to put the Fair together. We are so appreciative to all those who entered their admirable work, and to the corporate and individual sponsors and donors who helped reward the entrants.
Our Bench Fair ran mid-August, with exhibits arriving on the Tuesday evening, judging on Wednesday throughout the day, then viewing on Wednesday evening. Refreshments were always served and it was a great way to visit with neighbours and see the talent in our region.
Until further notice, the Bench Fair has been cancelled due to there being no Coordinator. Please contact Susan Page 403-994-0481 or any Lone Pine Ag Society Executive member if you are able to take this on.
Our last Robbie Burns Supper was held in 2016. It was great fun!
Och aye! Folks got their kilts pressed, their bagpipes tuned, and their 'R's rolled, 'cause the Burnsapoluzzas got better every year! You never knew when we might throw in a few special extras to help celebrate the Scottish Bard's big day.
It was a great way to warm up a cold January evening with friends and neighbours - a hearty dinner, a wee dram or two, and a great lump of steaming haggis! (OK - haggis was optional!)
Lone Pine Hall 1959
|Local Fair Champion Honoured Nationally
The Canadian Association of Fairs & Exhibitions (CAFE) has announced the winners of the 2014 Canadian Fair Champions Competition, and one of them is our own Susan Page!
Nominated by the Lone Pine Agricultural Society for many years of volunteer work with the Lone Pine Hall Bench Fair, Susan is one of three Canadians to receive the "Unsung Hero" award. She exemplifies unselfish dedication to community, and has gone beyond and above the "call of duty" for her local fair or exhibition.
Susan joins three other devoted volunteers: Wanda Aultman from Powassan, Ontario, and Leslie Sterling from North Thompson, BC. They each receive an expense paid trip to the CAFE Convention in Vancouver, BC and will be honoured at the Convention, November 19 to 21.
This is a great honour, and was a complete surprise to Susan!
CAFE is a national nonprofit organization which fosters excellence in leadership in the Canadian Fair Industry by providing programs, resources and leadership.
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