The recent Elkhorn Elks Branch No.381 Western Weekend was a great way to start the month of August; with great events, great weather and a great turnout of the public from all over the Westman area.
The two day event featured a popular slow pitch ball tournament, fast-moving beach volleyball games with two courts, a flea market and live entertainment at the Elks Saloon that ran each day from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
On both days in the later afternoon there was live musical entertainment at the Saloon with Elkhorn’s own Evan Overand on Saturday and Ed Clayton and Friends on Sunday.
If you were hungry, the Elkhorn School Travel Club operated a fast-food canteen for the whole weekend. While on Sunday morning, the Elkhorn area volunteer members of Wallace District Fire Department Station 2, and their wives had a pancake breakfast at the fire hall. Children were not forgotten, and a large play area was set aside for them with a wide variety of games and prizes for all.
On the first day, there was a full morning of barrel racing at the agricultural fairgrounds. On both days there was chariot and chuck wagon races at various times, with large crowds in attendance, lining the track rail for every race, with a lot of family-friendly side betting going on.
The Western Weekend was taken over by the Elks a few years ago after the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce gave it up. The Elks, in order to make it a successful event, invited other community groups to help out and share in the revenue, for their various projects.
Along with the ones already mentioned, the Elkhorn Figure Skating Club was also part of the weekend, helping with the cleanup of the sites. So, for all the groups involved it was a win-win weekend.
Kevin Tutthill, head of the local Elkhorn Elks Club said “The Elkhorn Western Weekend and events all went off great; with 22 chuck wagon entries and a variety of events for all ages and interests. All the community groups came together to look after their jobs on the weekend, which made it so successful. We thank everyone who came out and look forward to next year’s event.”