Carbon centennial exceeded expectations

Jennifer Chernishenko
ECA Review Reporter

It was centennial weekend in Carbon August 9 – 12 and the events truly celebrated the village’s 100 years of history. CAO of Carbon Debra Grosfield has heard “nothing but good comments” about the weekend and said that it was “amazing the amount of food we went through.” She also noted the weather was perfect which helped make the centennial a success.  
On Thursday, people starting gearing up for the rest of the weekend by heading out to get registered for the events.
Friday morning began with a pancake breakfast which was attended by about 250 people and performances by dancers and horses from Calgary Stampede Entertainment. Later that day there was a show by Rob Hudec Blues and Rock, a supper and another show by Thoz Guyz Classic Rock.
Events that ran throughout the weekend were numerous. People could view Scenes of the Murder Mysteries display or walk the trail systems which link Virginia Park and Carbon’s Lions Centennial Park or calmly visit with tea and coffee in the Heritage Garden.

There were a couple photo walks as well, showing everyone the changes, accomplishments and happenings over the 100 years. In the Carbon School there were class pictures and team pictures, trophies and other items collected over the years. Grosfield said the display was “alphabetically ordered of all the families in the area” and “filled up the entire school gym.” In the churches of Carbon there were historical pictures as well.
Saturday started with another breakfast that fed about 700 people and was followed by a parade. The parade was so big, as Grosfield noted, that it filled the route, making it so the RCMP were returning just as the fire trucks were heading out. The opening ceremonies were after the parade and then for the rest of the day there was free music to listen to and an entertaining hypnotist.
For children there were bouncies and face painting. For adults and children alike there were carriage rides and helicopter rides. There was a beef supper which was followed by more musical entertainment. That night the Zanzee band and Aaron Lines performed to over 800 people.
The day full of fun ended with brilliant fireworks that Grosfield said “were out of this world.”
Sunday nicely wrapped up the celebrations. There was a breakfast, an interdenominational church service and a lunch.

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