Macoun had plenty of activities to offer residents and people in the surrounding area during the annual Summer Celebration July 6.
Those who attended the festivities enjoyed a variety of activities, including a pancake breakfast organized by the Macoun Evangelical Missionary Church, a parade through the streets of the village, a concession, bouncy castles, a cabaret and fireworks.
The day was organized by the Macoun Parks and Recreation Board.
Glenys Baerg with the board said they don’t have a tally for how many people attended, but it was a good crowd, especially for the fireworks.
“I think each year for the fireworks we get more and more people,” said Baerg. “Even cars were parking along the highway.”
The feedback for the activities has been very good. The parade featured some old tractors and some classic vehicles. Dennis Kuntz brought 13 entries from his museum south of the community.
The fireworks, which were put on by the Carrolls from Bienfait, were “spectacular,” she said.
Baerg said the celebrations started in 2017 with some festivities following Canada’s 150th birthday. They wanted to have something for the community, as they found there wasn’t much happening in the village.
“It’s our goal to bring the community together, and I always say food, fun and fellowship is the best recipe for everything,” said Baerg. “We’re trying to get more stuff to get the kids outside playing, rather than sitting and watching TV or playing video games. Get them back outside. It’s better for everybody all around. They get the sunshine and they meet with friends.”
The summer celebration is now a fixture on Macoun’s calendar for the weekend after Canada Day. They don’t want to take away from the Canada Day festivities in other communities, and the Carrolls are doing fireworks on Canada Day in Bienfait.
A lot of work goes into making the summer celebration happen, and Baerg pointed out they’re always looking for people to join the recreation board, or to help out with events.
“We want to be able to do more, get the community together more, and it’s a big volunteer base that is required.”