Stuart Lyster has never missed a Rimbey cutter parade and this year was no exception.
Last Saturday, he drove around the parade route accompanied by his daughter Holly in their sleigh being led by a team of Belgian and Belgian Cross horses, Duke and Doc. Several school children rode on the sleigh in the parade and later father and daughter also gave rides in their sleigh.
Lyster said he thought this year’s cutter parade sponsored by Rimbey Sleigh Wagon and Saddle Club went well. He noted the parade was cancelled last year and believes it may have affected the turnout.
“It takes a while to build things up,’ he said, “but there is still interest.”
The long time cutter parade participant said some of the people who usually participate in the parade attended the event, but didn’t participate, but he wasn’t sure what the reasons were.
“It could have been because of the weather,” he said.
Temperatures did hover well below zero on Saturday and only a handful of people were scattered throughout the stands at the rodeo grounds to watch the event.
Denise McFarlane, president of Rimbey Sleigh, Wagon and Saddle Club said there were 17 entries at this year’s cutter parade.
“I thought it was a pretty decent local turnout,” she said.
Dennis DeBruiyne from Westerose won the best dressed outfit and 87-year-old Jack Gurnett from Bluffton was the oldest driver. Maria Selder from Bluffton was the youngest driver and Shannon Schneider from Stony Plain came the furthest for the parade.
A silent auction and concession was held in conjunction with the cutter parade and
Keith Kendrew gave donkey rides.