By Heather Nelson
Lone Butte rocked on June 23 with the whole town involved in celebrating our community.
The morning was beautiful and everyone was having a great time in the early afternoon even when rain poured.
Attendance at the fire hall’s annual open house was terrific, as people enjoyed rides in the trucks, made short work of the free hotdogs and enjoyed the antics and displays with the fire hose.
All the businesses in the Butte were busy with sales, barbecues and just enjoying the day.
A Tai Chi demonstration was held at the Water Tower Park and belly dancers performed in front of the Rotary stage.
The stage was kept busy with fantastic entertainment, including Mr. Z’s Brazilian Bossa Nova and Five Alive. With the rain pouring, the James Gang was the last on the stage and they played a full set for faithful fans, some with umbrellas and some in their cars.
The pie-eating contest is becoming a very popular event. Eating the cream pies with no hands is not easy, but two of the Schuurman children took away both prizes.
The kids zone was very popular with the younger children. Cariboo Consignments, and Crafts with special help from Sarah Lambert, planned and looked after the area. Sarah and friends raised $66.93 in donations at the zone.
During Lone Butte Rocks day, the Lone Butte Historical Association (LBHA) held its annual garage sale and raised $1,000. LBHA secretary Gayle Jones thanks everyone who purchased items and the volunteers who helped with the day, but wanted to make note of two special ladies. Gayle says Anna Granberg, in her mid-80s, and Evelyn Nelson, in her early 90s, stayed and helped the whole day, including putting items away in the pouring rain.
There were other fundraising groups during the day, the Quad Squad and the Watch Lake Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary had a great day selling raffle tickets. The Lone Butte Community Hall was full inside and out with about 24 vendors.
A small animal display was set up beside the hall, and Ann Armand, a member of the Lone Butte Farmers Institute & Livestock Association, says children had a wonderful time trying to guess the weight of Dandelion the lamb that was 88 pounds. The children who guessed the closest included Zoe Ryhal at 87.6 lbs., Linden Unruh at 83 lbs. and Kailey Glotze at 80 lbs.
The 100 Mile Cruzers brought about eight vehicles for everyone to look and the Highway 24/Interlakes Lions had a terrific day with their concession trailer and selling raffle tickets.
The day ended with a celebration dance, Keep on Rockin’ with Mark Allen, at the community hall. This was the first year the Lone Butte Rocks Day held a dance, but it will be an annual tradition.
About 70 people kept the dance floor full, a lot of the volunteers were still wearing their Lone Butte Rocks T-shirts, and the silent auction table was full with the many donations from individuals and businesses.
Coming up soon is the Lone Butte Horse Lake Community Association Craft and Flea Market on July 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more information, or to rent tables, call Pat McKay at 250-395-2114 or Audrey Burnell-Higgs at 250-395-4206.