Breakfast: Volunteers at the pancake breakfasts held in Bentley during the rodeo and fair and centennial celebrations were kept busy serving huge crowds each morning

Bentley holds huge celebration

The town of Bentley was a happening place last weekend as young and old and visitors and residents alike gathered.

The town of Bentley was a happening place last weekend as young and old and visitors and residents alike gathered together to enjoy the town and country fair and the centennial birthday activities.

It appeared that every event throughout the celebration was a huge success.

Mitch Spicer, who attended the car show with his ’67 Dodge Dart Convertible and his dog, a Rottweiler Husky named Chester, said he very much enjoyed the car show. Spicer is from Calgary, but spends his summers in Sylvan Lake.

“I come to the car show every year,” he said.

Musicians Aric Frose and Samuel Hayden from Red Deer entertained at the Farmers Market, gathering a few dollars tossed into their open guitar case from people at the market who stopped to enjoy the music.

“We love it,” the young men said. “We wouldn’t do it, if it wasn’t fun.”

Laurie Breeze from Sylvan Lake, who had a booth set up inside the curling rink, said she had never seen the market so busy.

“There really is a good crowd here today,” she said.

Joe Congo from Entwistle brought his mechanical bull to Bentley, providing entertainment for young and not so young cowboys and cowgirls who came along to try their luck riding the huge mechanical animal.

“It drew a good crowd,” said Congo. “And they all had lots of fun.”

Artist Bonnie Hoskin’s presentation of portraits of senior residents of Bentley was poignant, timely and, certainly, an interesting addition to the bazaart show and sale.

“This project was undertaken to honor the senior citizens of Bentley and area for their contribution, over the years, to the community,” she said.

Hoskin’s portraits will be given free of charge to the participants.

“This is to be considered a gift from myself as a thank you for all they have done for the Town of Bentley and surrounding area. It has been most rewarding and I consider the project a success.”