Monday, July 27, 2009

My Home Town Part 1

Altona, Manitoba Canada - my home town. This last weekend was our "Sunflower Festival". For those of you who didn't know - Altona is the Sunflower Capital of Canada!! WOOHOO!! We used to have the largest sunflower oil processing plant, but because of diseases in the sunflowers about 10 years ago, they switched the plant to canola oil. But sunflowers are coming back! Would love to show you a picture of a sunflower fields in bloom, but they just aren't blooming yet.

When you drive into town from the north, this is the first thing you will see. The "sunflower" is about 20 ft across. Would love one in my yard!

Altona also has the worlds largest Van Gogh Sunflower painting. (not my favorite)

Sat. morning we had the parade. Can't show you the whole parade, so I'll just show you a few pictures that I took. They always lead the parade with flags on horseback. There is the Canadian flag, Manitoba flag, American Flag (we are only 13 miles from the ND border), and the Australian flag.

Why do we have the Australian flag you ask? Apparently Emerald is the Sunflower capital of Australia. They have their festival in April. Every year our "Sunflower Queen" wins a trip to Emerald for their festival and their Sunflower Queen comes to Altona for our festival. Isn't that cool?

Brad and I like heavy horses. So I always take pictures of a few.

I had to take a picture of a Combine that Logan has worked on. We were hoping the town had their new Fire Truck in the parade so I could take a picture of that too, seeing as how Luke worked on that one.

Every year the local Quilting Club has a big quilt show in one of the local churches. I love looking at quilts, and I'm determined to quilt one day. Here are a few that I really liked.

On Sunday there is a big car show in the park. We always check out the cars. The yellow one belongs to a friend of ours. The other car was done by a friend of Logan's . The guy did this when he was 17! I wish I had before and after pictures of this car so you could see what an amazing job he did!

That's it for now. Come back Saturday for Part 2.


  1. How fun! I love the yellow car and the draft horses. Big draft horses are my favorite!

  2. The big sunflower in live plants is cool!

    Wonderful pictures. Looks like a fun time!

  3. I lived in North Dakota for 2 years and had the chance to visit Manitoba once. It was Fall and it was beautiful. I remember fields and fields of sunflowers in North Dakota. I grew some of the giant ones in my garden one summer and they grew SOOO big. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great festival! I'm glad you had fun and I can't wait to see more :)

  5. Do you think I could be the Sunflower Queen so I could win a trip to Australia?? How fun would that be?! Looks like a lovely little town where you live...

  6. Wow love all your pictures but that flower created sunflower and the second quilt are really impressive! Sounds like you had a fun time at the parade too :-)

  7. I love the Van Gogh (since I am an art teacher).

    The flower is so cool. It reminds me of this post when I created the starry night out of beach things...

    Great post!

  8. Thanks for the peek at your home town. The quilts are great, I love that last one. Car shows are something we always go to, DH is a bit of a classic car fan. looking forward to part 2

  9. Hi Audrey,
    It's been a while since I have stopped by. I love your twitter image it is too cute!

  10. Hey Audrey, I haven't been by as frequently as I'd like, but we all seem to be so busy through the summer months.
    Don't you just love all the festivals, fairs and just plain fun things there are to do in the summer!
    Keep up the great work!

  11. Wow, I love that giant sunflower!
    Sunflowers are lovely! What a great theme for a festival!

  12. Those are some gorgeous pictures, love the sunflower. Hope you get to post a pic of the fields when they start blooming.

  13. Your hometown is adorable! I would love to visit the sunflower festival sometime, and the fact that your town switches queens with a town in Australia is SO cool!

  14. Wow, that sounds amazing. My husband and I need to travel around because I don't know if we're in the right place seeing that parade. :)

  15. How fun! Thanks for sharing all the photos!

  16. Your hometown looks super nice. Love that huge Van Gogh! It's awesome!


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