Oldtimers’ reunion plans underway

Remembering the good old days, sharing laughter, a few tears, and sharing plans for the future

Remembering the good old days, sharing laughter, a few tears, and sharing plans for the future will happen at this year’s Rimbey & District Old Timers’ Association’s 58th annual get-together.

Anyone who wants to meet old friends, re-live memories, make some new friends and share new experiences is welcome to attend, said Gladys Johnson, president of Rimbey’s Oldtimers Association.

“Everyone is welcome,” said Johnson. “I especially want to encourage locals to come. It is a wonderful time and it is open to everyone. A cordial invitation is extended to all to come meet your old friends, make new friends, share stories and enjoy.”

Johnson, whose parents Roy and Martha (nee Odenbach) Allison were raised in the area, especially enjoys the reunion because of her strong family roots here. “My grandpa was one of the pioneers and my parents were very faithful attendees.”

She noted that last year’s attendance of 250 people had representation from the United States and British Columbia as well as Alberta.

The reunion is June 22 with registration to begin at noon at the Rimbey Community Centre.

Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Door prizes and a short program will be part of the afternoon’s agenda.

This year the Rimbey High School’s class of 1963 will be honored and a Rimbey family will be recognized as the historical family. Last year the Allison family was honored.

Following the get-together, the Rimbey Drop-In Society will host an evening of entertainment including a roast beef supper and an old-time dance featuring Elmer & Friends.

On June 23 a pancake breakfast will be held at Pas Ka Poo Park from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

The Rimbey and District Old Timer’s Association was formed during Alberta’s Golden Jubilee in 1955.

“The foresight of those who pioneered this organization has helped us to maintain strong ties with our past,” said Johnson. “These annual events have been treasured by many and hopefully will continue to do so in years to come.”