Numbers good, despite heavy smoke
The heavy smoke casting a pall over the region in the days before the September long weekend got even heavier on Sept. 2, which was the first big day of the Smith-Hondo Fall Fair & Rodeo. The sun appeared as a little red ball in the sky for most of the day, and everything had a hazy appearance.
But the people still showed up!
“The stands were full Saturday,” says SHARA (Smith-Hondo Association of Recreational and Agricultural Society) President Becky Peiffer, the event organizer. “Really packed.”
Sunday’s attendance was a bit less, but overall, Peiffer says, the 2023 edition of the fall festival was a big success.
The bench show at the community hall had its usual array of produce, baking, handicrafts and such – most of it by local people. Margaret van Rompaey had many entries and finished in top spot among adult participants, based on money won for first, second and third-place ribbons. Second was Candice Lachner and third was Arvilla Sloan. Van Rompaey also won the Noma Beauchamp Award, given to the person with the most items entered in the show. She had things entered in nine different categories.
In the bench show junior category, the Hamptons, Kate and Esther, finished first and second, with Eva Lachner in third.
Winner of the Miss Teen Fall Fair competition this year was Kailey Mackinnon. She got top marks from the judges in four categories: hours of community service, horsemanship, public speaking and appearance/presentation.
According to organizer Carley Evernden, it’s the second year for the event as part of the fall fair, and it certainly won’t be the last!
The other contestants this year were Kaitlyn Dennis, Jaci Attfield and Brysa McConaghy. Last year’s winner was Brooke Evans.
The newest thing of all was the appearance of a pro wrestling show, put on by Monster Pro Wrestling of Edmonton, and featuring Slave Lake’s Tarzan Hayes. About 150 people turned out at the community hall for the show, Peiffer says.
As for who won what, the following rodeo results come courtesy of Virginia Wasieczko of SHARA, with home communities added in some cases.
1st- Leyla Chausse
1st- Aiden Lee
2nd- Mesa Miller – Athabasca
- Noah Sisson – Slave Lake
2/3. Stran Roth – Newbrook
2/3. Kelan Tronchuk – Newbrook
- Matthew Erasmus
- Carson Lee
2.Tucker Skrynyk – Slave Lake
- Liz Dul – Westlock
- Lucas Skubban
- Aiden Lee
Ladies Cow Riding
- Makayla House
- Sydney Kingdon
- Mackenzie Collins
- Saydee Shara
- Jaron Johnson
- Courtnal Shenfield/Nicole Briggs
- Braiden Sprowl/ Darren Bellerose – Kinuso
- Tom Sprowl/Darren Bellerose – Kinuso
- Colton Fenske/Chris Hardman
- Penny Miller – Athabasca
- Harley Wasieczko – Fawcett
- Jade Fast
- Val Frey – Athabasca
- Nevada Couette
- Brooke Evans – Slave Lake
- Jaci Attfield – Smith
- Kaitlyn Dennis – Slave Lake
- Mesa Miller – Athabasca
- Spencer Bourassa
- Hudson Wolfram – Slave Lake
- Addison Melansen
1st/2nd Kegan Miller – Athabasca
1st/2nd Noah Sisson – Slave Lake
- Jesse Havell – Valleyview
- Drake Wasieczko – Fawcett