Pictured Left to Right – Zone 1 DG Kevin Carlson, Ste Rose Kinsmen Past President Wayne Robertson, Kinsmen Hoof N Holler queen contestant Morgan MacLean, Current Ste Rose Kinsmen President Aaron Olafson, District Governor Dave Roberts
For 39 years, the Ste. Rose Kinsmen have been putting on the Hoof and Holler Days for the community to come together and celebrate. The annual event takes place over 3 days on the Thanksgiving weekend and has events for everyone.
The weekend started off Friday night with a social in the curling rink, about 60 people took in the live music, open mic, meat draws and 50/50. On Saturday, the beer gardens opened up and 8 contestants took part in a successful Chili Cook Off. That was followed up with a Beer (Water) pong tourney where 14 teams entered the fray. Saturday evening moved back into the Curling arena where the annual Casino night saw about 150 gamblers move between games and take in the evening.
The highlight of the event each year is the Sunday night dance. 450 people packed the arena to enjoy some great bands and see the crowning of the Hoof and Holler Queen. The club also was very fortunate to take part in the parade, cooking hot dogs right on the float and passing them out.
“Hoof and Holler is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the club. The thanksgiving weekend celebration has been going on for 39 years. It’s a weekend where many current and former residents of Ste. Rose come out to enjoy the festivities that they enjoyed growing up” states Ste. Rose Kinsmen President Aaron Olafson, “Now they are able to enjoy the festival with their families. The Kinsmen Club is proud to be able to host weekend events that showcase the great spirit and potential of small towns.”
The club had the 9 current members average about 50 hours each to successfully run all the events and raised a lot of money that will be used to help finish the Ste. Rose Recreational Accessibility Project that will see new wheelchair bathrooms, ramps, and a lift to the viewing area of the skating rink.
“This event proves that small clubs can host big projects.” Explains Kin Canada District 2 Governor Dave Roberts, “Again, the club pulled together and gave their community an event that they can be very proud of.”
Next year for the 40th anniversary the club is hoping to possibly bring in a bigger band and help make it a year to remember.
In 2016/17, the 44 clubs that make up District 2 (Manitoba and NW Ontario) raised a combined $1,027,143 and volunteered 30,293 hours for their communities. All the clubs in District 2 strive to serve their community’s greatest needs.