There was dancing at Red Ribbon Days on August 19th and 20th.

Alice and Howard were dancing to the music of Brian Bray and his band at the Downtown Get Down on Saturday. The entertainment was enjoyed by all who wandered through the exhibits of excellent quality work by Tumbler Ridge artists, crafters and photographers.

The Red Ribbon Days was a great success. 20 adults and five youth entered items in the various categories. There were 123 adult entries and 12 youth entries.

Best in Show was a beautiful purple and white quilt made by Mary Buist. Mary had best of the Arts & Crafts Division for the same quilt.

Lydia Ostashek had best in the Division of Cooking and Preserving for her lemon pie. Next year we will ask for two ? one for the volunteers to eat. She?s lucky we didn?t devour it.

In the Horticulture Division, Jane Phillips was best for the beautiful outdoor patio planter with pink petunias.

Heather Penton presented a photograph of a child which won her best in the Division.

In the youth, Sheena Walkley, 12 years old, was Division winner for her poetry. Esther Walkley, 14, was Division winner for Baking with her brownies and for Arts and Crafts for her quilt. Sheena Walkley won the Photography Division for the photo of a sunset. Quilts were done by Sheena and Esther Walkley. Nathan Henderson, 7, did an outstanding painting of a tree. Cody Henderson, 9, took a picture of a sunflower that was definitely a red ribbon photo. We also have wood workers with Esther Walkley making a bowl and Alex Beatan making a plane.

Most points in the junior entries was Esther Walkley with five firsts and 15 points. In the adult division, Carey Garner entered 21 items and earned 53 points. Carey?s work included a beautiful knitted afghan, a tablecloth, muffins, pickles, cucumbers, rose, and a photo. Nellie Meredith with 38 points included embroidery, houseplants, lilies, beets and a knitted baby set. Ruth Walkley had 30 points doing quilting, sewing, baking and preserving. Lydia Ostasher with 29 points showed her crocheting and baking. Ellen Sager with 28 points showed photos and some flowers. Mary Buist, the master quilter, also crochets, knits and showed vegetables. Heather Renton showed photos and preserves.

Celine Paradis, Jane Phillips, Tom Tobin, Rita Henderson, Nick Ostasher, Roy Phillips, Fred Walkley, Diane Perry, Jules, Jewra, Gwen Cook, Joyce Stenwall, Claudia Noward and Marilyn Dixon participated.

Our most unusual entry was the wood working entry of a drink stand using a plunger upside down and you fill it with ice to keep your drink cold. This was entered by Roy Phillips.

The judges were Janet Hartford for handicrafts and school work; Garry Holmlund for photography; Ellis Howard for horticulture; and Grace Walsh for cooking, baking and preserving.

Thank you to the judges for judging. There were wonderful quilts and good competition in photography. Not every entry of one got a red ribbon. The judges were tough.

Prizes of $40 to Esther Walkley and $35 to Sheena Walkley were among the over $200 in prize money that the Arts Council provided for Red Ribbon Days. A.E. McKenzie Co. Inc. of Brandon, Manitoba donated 50+ packages of seeds for the event and these were given to the public who viewed the exhibits and the exhibitors. We thank McKenzie Seeds for their donation.

Wine tasting was great; however, there just wasn?t enough. Maybe next year we will have more.

We thank all those that visited the display and thank all those that took the time to enter their work. The many volunteers, including some of Janet Hartford?s family, that helped with set up and taking care of registration and helping on Saturday were appreciated. We would also like to thank the staff at the Community Centre at reception and particularly Tom Tobin who worked one day and his colleagues who do the maintenance and assisted with the tables, etc. The 2006 book will be ready by November. There will be categories including 25th anniversary subjects and dinosaur subjects. If you have any comments for changes or additions of categories please call Ellen at 242-5283 or e-mail sager@pris.bc.ca. Anyone having the urge to volunteer can contact Janet at 242-3915.