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Earl Taylor Day in Scandia and Summer Fair in Rainier make for a fun August weekend

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The annual Earl Taylor Day at the EID Historical Park in Scandia is only a week away, and this year features a new addition of the Central Alberta Heavy Horse Pull.


Earl Taylor Day, set for Aug. 21, is the biggest event and fundraiser of the year for the EID Historical Park board. It is always held the third Sunday of August, except for next year when it moves to the August long weekend in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the village.
The celebration this year includes an 11 a.m. church service in the park’s historical church building, says Diedre Lindsay, secretary.
Numerous activities for children and families will take place throughout the day including face painting, a bouncy castle, and wagon rides. The movie Carl’s Way will be shown in the CPR building and there will be old-time demonstrations including by a blacksmith, butter churning and how laundry was done using the old-fashioned equipment. A live band will perform country and western music throughout the afternoon.
“New this year is going to be the Central Alberta Heavy Horse Pull starting at 2:30 p.m.,” explains Lindsay.
Every second year, Scandia Honey owners take part in the festivities and this year is the year they open up their operations for tours. They are located across from the EID Historical Park.
People can spend the day at the park as lunch is available for purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a roast beef dinner is being served that evening for $10 a plate starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a silent and live auction fundraiser after the dinner.
Last year about 300 people enjoyed the evening festivities and it is always a popular and important fundraiser for the historical park. All money raised, usually in the amount of around $3,000, is used to help make improvements to buildings or acquire new pieces of history.
Lindsay says the board members have worked hard this year to find some unique items to auction off as part of a live auction event. This is the first year the group has attempted both a silent and live auction the same evening. Some of the live auction items include a pizza dinner and movie night in a private home, a homemade quilt and a steak and lobster dinner for six.
“There’s a campground at the park with free showers,” points out Lindsay, adding people can make a weekend of their visit.
Prior to the Sunday event, visitors can head over to Rainier for the second annual Rainier Summer Fair hosted by Pascalle Wisse which takes place Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is the second year Wisse has hosted this event on her acreage.
“I want to support my small community, have a get together and a fun day,” she says.
As of Aug. 5, 18 vendors were prepared to set up shop at the fair, displaying their wares for sale. There were more tables available too if anyone wants one.
There is set to be plenty of activities for children with a small petting zoo, pony and wagon rides, peddle bikes and face painting.
There will also be a concession on site so the adults can sit on the patio and enjoy a bite to eat and some cold beverages.
“We just want people to come and enjoy the day,” adds Wisse.
Last year attendance was good, despite some cold, wet weather.
Wisse intends to host the fair every summer and is glad this year that it falls on the same weekend as Earl Taylor Day so people can make a weekend of it.
Anyone interested in more information about the Rainier Summer Fair or booking a table can contact Pascalle Wisse at 403-363-2621 or on Facebook under “rainiersummerfair.”

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Rose Sanchez

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