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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Haying In The 30’s

A record-breaking weekend unfolded in Malliag as the 25th annual “Haying in the 30’s” event proved to be a remarkable success. From August 5 to 6, the community came together for a noble cause, raising funds to provide critical support for individuals battling cancer.

Founded in 1999 by the visionary Edgar Corbiere, the Haying in the 30’s Support Society has been a beacon of hope for cancer patients across Canada and even beyond, touching the lives of families in three other countries. To date, this remarkable organization has raised an astounding sum of approximately 6 million dollars. The impact of these funds cannot be overstated, as over 7,300 families have been offered a one-time helping hand during their challenging journey with cancer.

The core mission of the Haying in the 30’s Support Society is to alleviate some of the financial burdens that accompany cancer diagnoses. By providing essential assistance with costs such as transportation, fuel, lodging, and other essential needs, the Society seeks to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those confronting this disease. Thanks to the dedication of volunteers and the support of generous sponsors, 100 per cent of the funds raised go directly to the families in need, underlining the sincerity of this endeavor.

The annual event, held during the August Heritage Day weekend, has become a highly-anticipated tradition for the Malliag community. Over 300 volunteers came together to make the event possible.

Attendees are treated to a wide array of engaging demonstrations, including hay cutting with a horse-drawn mower, hay baling by horsepower, threshing grain, and even blacksmithing. The event also boasts a lively atmosphere with live music and free food for everyone in attendance.

Throughout the weekend, visitors had the opportunity to explore a multitude of staged businesses in the village, each offering a glimpse into the past. From the RCMP building to the Barber shop, Weaving shop, Blacksmith shop, Archive building, and many others, attendees immersed themselves in a bygone era.

The two-day schedule was jam-packed with activities that catered to diverse interests, ensuring there was something for everyone. Highlights included demonstrations of traditional skills, kids’ games, and even a viewing zoo, providing entertainment and education in equal measure.

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