Submissions sought for Assiginack 150 homestead competition


MANITOWANING—If everyone participates, the Fall Fair activity of commemorating a heritage display for Assiginack 150 should provide for a must-see display of typical Assiginack homesteads.

“We are looking for heritage displays of past homesteads,” said Alice Pennie, a member of the Assiginack 150 committee. “I know some people that have pictures of homesteads, and they say they will be doing a heritage display. Hopefully they do, we would like to have as many people enter as possible.”

Although the era suggests the homestead display should be between the 1870s and 1940s, “We are not talking about going back to caveman times,” quipped Ms. Pennie. “They can definitely be more modern, we are thinking log cabins, and teepees, for instance.”  

“We are asking for the heritage display to be no larger than four feet by four feet, and smaller say three feet by three feet would be okay,” said Ms. Pennie. Organizers are asking that natural materials be used where possible and miniature people and/or animals may be used, but not Lego.

Those entering a heritage display are required to register by August 20, so space can be allocated. “We would like people to register early so we know how many displays we will have,” said Ms. Pennie.

Prizes will be awarded to all displays worthy of prizes.

First prize will be $300, with the second and third place prizes being $200 and $100, respectively. “Everybody will get a pretty good prize,” said Ms. Pennie. “We feel that if people are going to put the effort forward, they should receive a nice prize.” Prizes are being donated by the Assiginack 150 committee.

The contest is open to both adults and children. Participants should register to be guaranteed a space for displaying their entry.

Ms. Pennie added that an announcement on the prize winners will be made at the Manitowaning Fall Fair taking place September 9-10.