Smiles make it worth the miles

Every day the people of Archerwill have big smiles on their faces, but the weekend of Aug. 1-3, 2014, gave them reason to smile even more. That’s when the village’s population more than doubled as folks from near and far “came home” for a weekend of reminiscing, eating, entertainment and more.

The weekend started Friday evening with registration and visiting. Bright and early the next morning, a group of dedicated parents served a pancake breakfast to more than 400 guests.

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Many hands were busy in the kitchen over the weekend.

Just as the fog lifted and the sun started shining, the parade began, with entrants of all shapes and sizes.

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It’s hunting season again.

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That nurse looks all too pleased about the needle in her hand.

A vintage car show-and-shine followed, along with a hot-dog lunch.

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The program began mid-afternoon in the rink. The crowd watched a slide show, listened to speakers and readings, and the future of Archerwill was foreshadowed when 10 adorable one-year-olds were brought onstage dressed in “sunshine” costumes to entertain everyone with a song, “You Are My Sunshine.”

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Viola (Boe) Miller, the oldest Archerwill resident, made the draws for various door prizes and it was later noted that she took in every part of the weekend, early and late! Saturday ended with entertainment well into the night by The Barrelmen, followed by Archerwill’s own Codie Prevost.

Breakfast was served Sunday morning and in the hall a beautiful interdenominational church service was held, including a performance by the Pipestone Men’s Choir, whose members are from surrounding communities. People then made their way over to the stunning Centennial Gardens to enjoy a commemorative tree-planting, lunch and birthday cake.

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The Centennial Gardens, created and maintained beautifully by volunteers, sits on the site of the former home of a special Archerwill teacher, the late Ivy Ferguson. Ivy was a lady with a deep fondness for the people of Archerwill, which she instilled in her three children. Two of them had travelled from Alberta to join in the weekend celebration. Faye (Ivy’s eldest) carried out the commemorative tree-planting, assisted by Robert Wilson, committee member, and Donald and Sharon Head, garden club volunteers.

Then everyone was treated to a delicious piece of birthday cake, baked and artfully decorated by Tricia Fountain and cut by parade marshall Viola Miller.

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This brought to a close the Archerwill Homecoming 2014 weekend, with everyone talking about doing it again in 10 years. Smiles, hugs and handshakes were numerous, and everyone went home with many photos and freshly made new memories of Archerwill people and places.

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Archerwill’s biggest fan?

Submitted by Sandy Wilson

Wadena News

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