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General News · 18th July 2017
Gordon and Charlene Gram
Before Cortes Day 2017 fades into long past memory we would like to thank the many volunteers who made it happen. We are used to being focussed on the Chicken Poop contest so we’d forgotten just how many people are involved.

Food is very big! Thanks to the organizers and teams of the SCCA Hamburgers, the Seniors’ hots dogs and drinks, the Pie makers and sellers, the Rod and Gun Club ice-cream, and the FOCI salad table. There were a record 50 pies this year of which 40 were made by volunteers at the new Manson’s Hall kitchen. Thanks to Donna Manson and Sylvain for the pie filling contributions. Also under the food category was the Trude’s Cake raffle won by Christina, shaped like an orca it had an extremely rich and tasty filling as reported by our grandchildren!

Everyone, including the private food vendors, reported brisk sales and earlier than usual sell outs. The Chicken Poop event also sold out a half hour earlier, suggesting a larger than ever crowd.

Thanks to organizer Lori Ann and everyone who participated in the Parade, including the goat.

Thanks again to Captain Luke and his team for another successful Nail, Sail, Bail.

Thanks to Andy Vine for organizing and participating in the music program. A man of many talents, Andy also designed and wrote the Cortes Day advertisement.

Traffic control, parking, tent and table transport were all organized by Joe and Toni, a big thanks. And also thanks to Peter Woolgar, who has a very slick trailer, and his put-up/take-down tent team, not an easy task. Luckily Mark Ochsenbein has all the pieces memorized!

Once again thanks to Serge for running the horse shoe pitch. This event is always popular and is still going long after the site has been cleaned up and the chain put back.

In this space we can’t thank everyone but here are four more - Wendy from the recycling centre for garbage control, Jean Fontaine for tyvek for the chicken board, Jim Kearney for showing us how to operate the new stoves and Mark Christian at the Hall for being available day and night.

Cortes Day is a great annual event! If you have suggestions as to how it can be made even better please call us at 6307 or email We’ll pass these on to the SCCA for next year’s coordinator and volunteers.

Gordon and Charlene Gram