By Jennifer Moonsong
Central Division, General Manager
Jobe Publishing, Inc.
With August upon us, the charming hamlet of Sulphur Well is busy preparing for the more than century-old tradition of the Sulphur Well Homecoming.
An excerpt from Metcalfe County: Our History in Pictures Reads
“The Sulphur Well Homecoming was started in the late part of the 1880s. People would often come from surrounding counties on Saturday and leave Sunday evening.”
During the 1930s, 40s, and 50s the event had grown and was in its heyday.
A few years ago, after a lull in attendance, the Edwards Family of Sulphur Well and other dedicated volunteers decided it was time to revitalize a tradition near and dear to their hearts.
Since that time, the committee has worked hard to preserve tradition while adding new attractions. Attendance has been on the rise, and this year they hope the trend continues.
“Last year exceeded my expectations and I hope this year is even bigger,” said Terry Edwards.
Here are a few changes and additions festival-goers can expect:
“This year the fire departments are not serving food. We are having vendors open for food plus others. So there will be more choices,” said Cindy Edwards London.
“The car show is a cruise-in this year. Saturday there will be a beauty pageant.”
Many of the traditional attractions remain.
“We continue to have good clean music on Saturday night with fireworks to follow. Sunday there will be church in the park by the Sulphur Well Methodist Church with gospel music to follow and then Duck Race at 3:00. Fred Young will Be our duck catcher this year. We have lots of prizes for that. We would like to remind people to get their duck tickets soon. They can be purchased at The Chamber office, Tabatha at Rite Aid, Metcalfe Drugs, or call me or Terry.”
The event will host more games for children, including a sulfur water drinking contest.
“We would like to invite people to come out and visit with each other. It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money but to socialize with each other. We are not in this to make money but to help the community. I am thankful for the volunteers. We continue to invite people to join our committee and help serve the people around this area,” said London.
Like her brother, Cindy is pleased to see such a crowd each year.
“Oh, I think the people enjoy it. That makes me happy. Even though it’s a lot of work and time put into it, it’s satisfying. My family has always been close. I want to thank all our committee members for helping. They have made this family bigger and better.”
As always, the event is held on the third Saturday and Sunday in August.
For a complete list of events with times read the Edmonton Herald-News in August.