Excerpt from “Alix Carnivals”

In Alix, Alberta on December 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM

From “Alix Carnivals”

Skating in Alix in the early days had always been on the lake.  The first regular skating and hockey rink was made beside the hockey rink.  It was open air, of course.  A most memorable event was the fancy dress parade about 1929 or 30.  A chap by the name of “Weary Wallace” skated all evening in a bathing suit. …Bob Straub remembers playing hockey that evening.

The covered area in 1946 made yearly carnivals possible to plan.  The carnival committee wrote to the Cultural Activities Branch to ask for suggestions.  As one person expressed it, “They sent us not just ideas but a man.”  Walter Kaasa came down from Edmonton, helped with the plans, and taught us figure skating.  Groups were formed to take charge of every phase of the programme.  Nancy Drushka’s description was most apt, “Nothing ever fell on any one alone.  Everyone helped.”

From Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

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