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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:04

Viterra plant has cut the mustard for 65 years

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By Ric Swihart
Warner had a smashing success on its recent centennial, and during the planning, committee members noted Viterra’s Warner Mustard plant would celebrate 65 years in 2011.

Wheels started turning with the village administrator Lisa Carroll and some councillors, including Sandi Hedin.

A big boost for the newest town celebration — Warner Mustard Mardi Gras June 3-4 at the village rodeo grounds and ball diamond on its northeast corner just west of Elevator Row — continues to progress as committee members and volunteers put the final touches to a full day of activities and the schedule for a 10-team co-ed slow pitch tournament.

Hedin said Warner residents get excited with any reason to celebrate.

That has been heightened in the last couple of years with the formation of the Warner Community Society, an umbrella group for the myriad of associations, groups and organizations facing demise because of a lack of members.

“Many of them had two to five members and were facing extinction,” said Carroll. “We noted that there was great support from everybody whenever there was a community-wide event. The idea for the community society was to combine all interests.

It also served to eliminate conflicts for community dates.

“We called the first meeting and we had 17 to 18 show up,” said Hedin. “And 21 came to the second meeting.”

Mustard will be highlighted.

Three types of mustard seed from Viterra will be available from the village office for those who want to create a work of art. A mustard recipe contest will be run, with entrants making their own mustard speciality. Everybody is welcome to sample the entries and be the judges to pick the winners.

The action kicks off in the late afternoon of June 3 with the ball tournament.

The entry fee is $200 a team at the time of registration. They will play for cash prizes for the top three teams. Tournament championships will be played June 11.

Carroll said the Warner Girls Hockey School has entered a team with current players and one for alumni players, and the Warner High School has a team of parents and teachers. Five teams are registered.

Interested teams should contact Vinny Kuchka at 403-642-3900.

A family fun run will kick off at        8 a.m. All contestants will leave from the rodeo grounds and follow different routes depending on the length of run — two miles, 2.5 miles, 3.6 miles, five miles or 10 miles.

It is wide open with contestants invited to pedal a bike, walk a dog or push a stroller or walk with intent or run.

Registration for the event is $10 before May 31, $15 after. A T-shirt donated by Viterra will be distributed to all while supplies last.

Eating will be a big aspect of the day. The Warner Seniors will host a muffin and fruit lunch for runners at 10:30 a.m., Warner Girl Guides will host a pancake breakfast at the Elk’s Hall 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., beef on a bun will be served by the Warner Hotel at noon and the day will end with a potluck wiener roast with mustard supplied.

A community garage sale for handicrafts, art and baking will be run at the rodeo grounds. Tables can be rented.

The younger group will also have a chance to be entertained.

A teen survivor contest will be run for teenagers and tweenies will be able to compete in an idol music contest, likely open to all bands, groups and individual performers.

 Adventuresome people can also compete to make a piñata and make a quilt square.

The squares will be made into a quilt which will be sold or auctioned to raise money.

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