Stewiacke Valley 4-H members how off their hard work, hand out awards

Upper Stewiacke Notebook, By Margaret Johnson

Published on August 21, 2014

Annual Fire Brigade Picnic shows off community’s creativity, fun side

The Stewiacke Valley 4-H Club held its annual Achievement Day on July 26 at Fulton’s Farm on Otterbrook Road. It was a full day with the dog classes starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by the horse classes,  both English and Western, in the riding ring.

A tent was available to sit under for watching the classes in the beautiful sunshine and there were lots of people out to watch. We are all very appreciative of the support from our community.

During this time,  the Life Skills Projects (foods, Lego, sewing, photography, scrapbooking, woodworking and welding) were being judged. A side of one of the barns had been cleaned out, making a great space for the projects to be set up for judging and viewing.

The area opened to the public around 11 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. the sewing members entertained with their fashion show on the front lawn.

Lunch was provided for all in attendance. Many thanks to Wilson’s Fuel for supplying the brbecue on wheels.

The afternoon program consisted of showmanship and confirmation classes in sheep, goat, dairy, poultry, waterfowl and an entertaining class of market turkeys.

While the leaders set up for afternoon snacks and presentation of certificates and awards, members and some of the audience participated in a “just for fun” Grand Champion Showmanship Class. Stations were set up for horse, dairy, goat, poultry and waterfowl. Eighteen people took part and the top three scores were as follows: Beth O’Connell with 41, Erica Jackson with 43 and Rebecca O’Connell with 44.5.

A fun tug of war was also great entertainment. About 20 members squeezed on one end of the rope against 10 adults. When the adult coach (Peter O’Connell) realized the members were winning, he joined the 10 but couldn’t stop the strong, energetic and determined members.

In addition to handing out certificates for the members who completed their projects, General Leader Colleene Jackson awarded special member plaques as follows:

• Top Rookie: Korey Dunlap

• Top Junior Member: Christine O’Connell

• Top Senior Member: Jamie O’Connell

• Top Junior Leader: Erica Jackson

• Top All-round Member: Beth O’Connell

Many thanks to the Stewiacke Valley Historical Society, whose generous and unsolicited  donation helped to cover the cost of the awards. Friends of 4-H Awards to recognize their support were presented to Frank MacKenzie and the Congregation of the Upper Stewiacke United Church.

The final presentation was the Lifetime Member Award, presented to Rebecca O’Connell. This award  is presented by the club whenever a member starts out as a Cloverbud and stays until they no longer qualify to be a member due to age. Needless to say, it’s was a teary-eyed General Leader who had to give out this award.

Congratulations to all who participated and to the leaders who give of their time for a worthy project.


On Aug. 9 the local Fire Brigade held its annual picnic, starting with a parade beginning at the upper end of the Otter Brook Road and continuing as far as the Masonic Lodge. It was a good show of floats, tractors, cars and walkers participating for the viewing public.

The winners of awards were:

• Best Commercial: Upper Stewiacke Co-op

• Best truck: Upper Musquodoboit Fire truck

• Best tractor: A Cockshut driven by Sinclair Geddes

• Best antique car: a 1901 Oldsmobile driven by Nanny Fran

• Most humorus: Stewiacke Valley 4-H club

• Best family float: Fisher /O’Connell/Kennedy families

• Best walker /bike: Prest Family

• Best overall: Upper Stewiacke Play Group

Tickets were sold by the Ladies Auxilary Group on a set of patio furniture and the lucky winner was Emily Shaw. A children’s basket was won by Kevin Leights.

The picnic offered entertainment, food, games of chance and a dance in the evening.


The Upper Stewiacke–Springside Pastoral charge hosted a FROG Vacation Bible camp recently at the Upper Stewiacke Church Hall with an average attendance of 21 Froggies. They participated in crafts, singing and games.

On the final day, the group with their leaders held a short concert and ended with a group potluck lunch.


The Historical Society hosted another afternoon tea  at the mueum on Aug. 12, which was well attended. The next one is planned for Sept. 9  from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Open hours for visiting the museum are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located at 5445 Highway 289. There’s lots of Stewiacke Valley family histories, old school pictures, family pictures, pictures of most dwellings and connected history of the property. Why not plan a visit? There’s no admission charge, but donations are welcome.


Congratulations to Henry Fisher of Half Way Brook, who turned 90 years young in July. Get well wishes to Corinne Redden Belanger, Johnny Geddes and Sharon Lemmon. Congratulations to Jacob Keddy and Ashley Volans, who were recently married.

Margaret Johnson is a longtime resident of Upper Stewiacke. If you would like your community event to appear in her column, email