On February 9, Maple Creek welcomed close to 100 4-H members and their families to compete in the three-day competition to crown the 2018 provincial senior and junior 4-H curling champions.
All the teams had previously advanced through district and regional competitions to reach the provincial level. The curlers ranged from six to 20 years old and came from across our province. District #10 4-H Council hosted the event with help from volunteers from the three clubs in the district, Maple Creek, Reno and Bear Creek.
Although opening ceremonies were not until Saturday, Friday afternoon the junior teams kicked off the event with the first draw, with the seniors not far behind.
There was then a break in curling for the night and the opening ceremonies were held Saturday morning with the members and coaches being piped in by Mr. Eric Kean of Medicine Hat, Two Maple Creek Multiple 4-H Club members, Mathew and Lucas Bohnet, carried the Canadian and Saskatchewan flags, respectively. They were followed by Peter Rutherdale, who carried in the Town of Maple Creek flag, and Glenn Gress, Saskatchewan 4-H Board of Directors President, who carried the 4-H Canada flag.
After the parade of curlers, Deputy Mayor Michael Morrow welcomed the players, coaches and families to town and Maple Creek Reeve Walter Ehret congratulated the members on their accomplishments and wished them well.
There was also a short speech by MLA Doug Steele, who commented on how 4-H is a wonderful organization which encourages youth to get involved in their communities.
“Continue to lead by example of the 4-H motto to your family, friends and to your communities. ‘Learn To Do By Doing,’” Steele said.
Following the speeches, everyone joined together singing “Oh Canada” and then were led in the 4-H pledge by Kaitlyn Keller, the South West Regional 4-H Specialist. The ceremonial opening rock was delivered by Mrs. Doreen Newby, a long time member of the Bear Creek club; she was assisted by her Grandson Tucker Sunderland, member of the Maple Creek Multiple 4-H Club.
Curling resumed after all 17 teams left the ice. Competition continued all day Saturday, ending at 6 p.m. for a banquet for all the curlers, families, dignitaries and fellow 4-H members. Everyone enjoyed the delicious meal prepared by Currah’s Catering.
Curling rock hats and a rider signed jersey were auctioned off by John Schock Sr. and a few raffle draws were made before the music got started and the members hit the dance floor for the evening.
Sunday morning, the players went back to the ice to try and qualify for the finals. The final draw was held at 2 p.m. for the juniors, with the Hilltop 4-H Club from the Yorkton area defeating the St. Walburg 4-H Club.
The seniors had to play an extra game to determine the champion with Hilltop 4-H Club/Springside 4-H Beef Club team winning over the Bar West 4-H Beef Club.
Everyone who came to curl for the weekend had a great time, enjoyed visiting Maple Creek, liked the facilities and hope to come back again.