Jen Peddlesden, Chestermere Country Fair Red Ribbon Coordinator
What do quilting and building LEGO® have in common? — loved and remembered Chestermere citizens who are no longer with us.
In the fall of 2007 Jane Carlyle, long-time resident, succumbed to cancer. Her passion, outside of her family–was quilting. She created wonderful pieces that are treasured by those who are lucky enough to own them. In Jane’s memory, husband Jim, and daughters Katherine and Heather have provided $150 in prize money for the past four years for the Chestermere Country Fair Red Ribbon Competition #611 Machine quilted and machine stitched quilt.
And as for LEGO®, well that was the favourite pastime of Craig Lawrence. Craig Chestermere Town Planner and volunteer firefighter, was tragically killed in a car accident shortly before he was to move into his Chestermere home with his wife Erin. In Craig’s memory the Chestermere Volunteer Fire Fighters, Town of Chestermere and the Bralichs ( rin’s family) created a memorial prize for the best LEGO® emergency vehicle. That competition is #756 and one can enter a fire truck, ambulance, police car, helicopter or other emergency vehicle you have made out of LEGO®. (note: there is a maximum size and number of pieces per entry this year).
Both competitions are open to adults and children–anyone can enter. We have had some of the best quilts in the region in the quilt competition and last year the LEGO® entries quite filled the table set aside for this competition. So, if either of these leisure activities is in your life, step up and put your skills to the test–for money! Entries are taken in Friday September 7th, 11am to 6pm and results can be viewed starting 10am on September 8th in the Chestermere Curling Rink. There is security for all entries, the judging area is locked on Friday evening after the judging. The quilts will be carefully monitored thanks to the Lakeside Quilt Guild in their display on the stage in the hall.
For more information about either competition find the Chestermere Country Fair Red Ribbon booklet on Facebook, or pick one up at the Town Office, or the Chestermere Regional Community Centre office. http://chestermerecrca.com/special-events/country-fair.html