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Orion, Manyberries celebrate 100 years

Posted on July 5, 2016 by 40 Mile Commentator
Photo by Jamie Rieger- County of Forty Mile reeve, Bryne Lengyel (right) and councilor Ron Harty ride on the County float. Harty is pictured throwing a treat to the photographer so she doesn't feel left out!

By Jamie Rieger
It was a birthday party of the century when Orion and manyberries held their Centennial celebrations over the weekend.
On July 1, folks from Orion and many who used to live there held a social for people to get together for some reminiscing and chit-chat.
Long-time Orion resident, Boyd Stevens said it was a wonderful way to celebrate and he was able to re-connect with old friends he hadn’t seen in 35-40 years.
The following day, the festivities were held in Manyberries, starting with a parade that has people lined up and down the street so they could cheer on the floats, cowboys and cowgirls, vintage car enthusiasts, and local 4H youth.
The afternoon was filled with activities for all ages. Bouncy castles for the youngest visitors and stories and a music jam for adult guests.
People came from far and near to help Orion and Manyberries celebrate, with guests from throughout southern Alberta attending. One Calgary-based photographer, who has traveled through the area in the past, made the day trip to attend.
Manyberries Centennial committee member, Marlene Bodin said overall, it was a great weekend and a great event.
“I think everybody was really impressed with our celebration. It all went pretty good, in my view,” she said.

FOR MORE CENTENNIAL PHOTOS, SEE PHOTO GALLERY AT BOTTOM OF WEB PAGE.

Photo by Jamie Rieger- Helen Flaig and Orion's Boyd stevens ride on the shuttle through the parade route.

Photo by Jamie Rieger- Helen Flaig and Orion’s Boyd stevens ride on the shuttle through the parade route.

Photo by Jamie Rieger- Rodger Heidinger waves to the crowd.

Photo by Jamie Rieger- Rodger Heidinger waves to the crowd.

Photo by Jamie Rieger- County of Forty Mile reeve, Bryne Lengyel (right) and councilor Ron Harty ride on the County float. Harty is pictured throwing a treat to the photographer so she doesn't feel left out!

Photo by Jamie Rieger- County of Forty Mile reeve, Bryne Lengyel (right) and councilor Ron Harty ride on the County float. Harty is pictured throwing a treat to the photographer so she doesn’t feel left out!

Photo by Jamie Rieger- These big bubbles were just some of the fun for the young people.

Photo by Jamie Rieger- These big bubbles were just some of the fun for the young people.

Photo by Jamie Rieger- Former MLA Len Mitzel, representing the Etzikom Museum, drove this handsome vintage car in the parade.

Photo by Jamie Rieger- Former MLA Len Mitzel, representing the Etzikom Museum, drove this handsome vintage car in the parade.

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