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which is what we have to do if we are to compete against the bigger cities like Brandon and Winnipeg."
The weather had been overcast for most of the day and that was the way it had looked set to stay until the Honourable Peter Liba, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, arrived. Within seconds of exiting his vehicle the sun started to blaze and that was the way it stayed for the rest of the day.
The relay arrived after stopping off on route at Elphinstone and Sandy Lake, at around 4:30 pm, and was officially welcomed by Mayor Yanchycki. The water was carried in by ten year old Ross Robinson of Erickson who had been eagerly awaiting his place in history. Also on this leg of the relay were nine year old Matthew Saganski from Elphinstone, Wayne Lewandoski, Edith Parsons from Minnedosa and Louis Maluk. Leading the procession towards the stage was Sandy Lake Piper, Chris Milne, followed by Corporal Paul Saganski of the Yellowhead Detachment and Viking, Clare Larson, of Erickson.
Speakers at the ceremony included the Honourable Peter Liba; MLA, Len Derkach; Reeve for the RM of Clanwilliam, Russell Tiller; Reg Atkinson, the Mayor for the City of Brandon and Guy Boudreau who is Community Animator for Trans Canada Trail.
The ribbon cutting to officially open this section of the trail was carried out by the Honourable Peter Liba, and served as the signal for Greg Steele, 'D Troop' of the Shoal Lake Police and Pioneer Museum, to fire his black powder loaded 1860 authentic Mountain Howitzer canon.
A parade of all involved in this leg of the relay, led by the Erickson Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Branch #143, went along Main Street to the Community Centre where festivities continued into the night.
Relay 2000 Committee
Henning Pedersen, Catheryn Pedersen, Secretary/Treasurer, Nancy Chemerika, Florence Swiscoski, Heather Duncan, Ivy Carter, Patti Kowalick, Imeke Ken: Mayor Wally Yanchycki, Chairperson
At the Rec. Centre everyone present was treated to a pork-on-a-bun luncheon, followed by more entertain ment which included Crystal's Celtic Celebration, gold medalist Ukrainian dancer, Ashley Wells, from the Troyanda Dance Club in Brandon and the Shevchenko Dance Ensemble. The celebration concluded with dancing mUSIC provided by Glen Shell born and his High Country Band, which included some Swedish songs by Glen and Ada.
After the overnight stay the water relay left Erickson, en route for Clanwilliam, in the capable care of nine year old Sara-Jean Lavineway of Erickson.
The Official Cutting of the ribbon. Water carriers Sara Jean Lavineway and Ross Robinson hold the ribbon as Han. Peter Liba, Mayor Wally Yanchycki and Reeve Russell Tiller, together, cut the ribbon marking the Official Opening, with Tom Dudman, Dep. Reeve for the RM of Park (left) and Brandon Mayor, Reg Atkinson (right) looking on.
Mayor Wally Yanchycki signs the official document proclaiming the Official Opening of the Trans Canada Trail in Erickson and the historic arrival of the Water Relay 2000.