The temperatures may have been cool, but Carlyle Lions members were serving up a hot pancake breakfast to the earlybirds at Carlyle Fun Dayz. From 8 to 10 a.m. they flipped pancakes and served up sausages and coffee in front of the Memorial Hall, as the crowds gathered for the 11 a.m. parade.
Inside the Hall the Carlyle Dicken’s Festival committee had a tradeshow organized to raise some funds for their events, allowing local home-based business owners the opportunity to share their products and customers to do some shopping.
Home Hardware had a Raptor dinosaur for the kids to visit, and the Kids Zone featured Skye and Chase from Paw Patrol, bumper cars, bouncers, balloon animals, face painting and a petting zoo.
There was a dunk tank with all proceeds going to support the Crescent Point Leisure Complex (pool), a fashion show, food trucks, a quilt show and High Tea at the Rusty Relics Museum and not one, but four bands playing throughout the day and evening.
The Milkman’s Sons started the day off, followed by the Hurricane Pilots. Later in the day the Bromantics had folks hopping and a bopping’ and bless my soul! They out-bopped the buzzards and the oriole. Big Bad Storm played into the night despite the fall-like temperatures, while the Carlyle Rink Board ran the beer gardens and held another Barnyard Bingo as their fundraiser.Thanks to Andrea MacEwen and her rooster, Stegosaurus, who seems able to do his business almost on command, much to the delight of this year’s winner, Lorri Matthewson.
Betty Jack wanted to help out the Carlyle Playschool in their efforts to fund a permanent home so she set up a raffle table and was able to donate $310 to the group’s fundraising.
All in all, it was a hugely successful, fun-filled day and kudos go to all the volunteers who put in countless hours planning, organizing, setting up and tearing down. You rock and we as a community, are very lucky to have you.