2019 Thresher Reunion winners to be featured at 2021 reunion
BY DENNY SCOTT
While awards won’t be handed out this year, with the annual reunion of the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association cancelled, there are still competitors to be recognized who would have had their vehicles featured in this year’s show.
Last year’s Wayne Houston Memorial Trophy, which is the best in show steam engine, went to Rob Repko of Kingsville for his 25-horsepower, 1916 George White general purpose engine.
The award for the 2019 best feature tractor was an Allis B 1948, owned by Edgar Daer of Blyth.
The John Ellacott Trophy for 2019 for best restored tractor from 1931-1950 went to Mike Clark of Clinton for his 1946 John Deere A.
The 2019 Billy Joe Hallahan Memorial Trophy for best restored tractor from 1951 and up went to Lorne Glanville of Walton for his 1963 John Deere 2010. The decision wasn’t an easy one, Secretary Jackie Lantinga suspects, as there were over 200 tractors on the grounds, joined by 54 lawn and garden tractors.
The feature car for 2020 was to be a 1950 Buick Super owned by Jack Durnin of New Hamburg. Allan Reath of Stratford won the 2019 prize for best antique vehicle for the Saturday award with his 1962 GT Hawk Studebaker.
The fiddle competition in 2019 brought 25 participants and the winners were, in order of finishing:
• 70 years old and over: Ken Hawkins of Teeswater, Rudy DiNova of Brampton, Brian Halliday of Clinton and Alex Aldcorn of Badjeros.
• 50 years and over: Carol Wheeler of Markham, Eric Wheeler of Markham and Larry Thibert of Strathroy.
• 19 to 49 years: Owen Hadley of Monkton.
• 18 years and under: Sophia Rosedale of Ilderton and Jayde Soares of Arva.
• 12 years and under: Brenna Allen of Waterloo and Neala Martin of Waterloo.
• Duet Class: Sophia Rosedale of Ilderton with Jayde Soares of Arva, Jessica and Neala Martin of Waterloo and Ron Howatt of Brussels with Carol Beatty of Dundalk.
• Open Class: Ashley Giles of St. Marys, Jessica Martin of Waterloo, Sabrina Rankin of Sarnia and Kaitlyn Wright of West Montrose.
Neala Martin was named the special draw winner for the 12-and-under category. The youngest and oldest fiddler awards went to Brenna Allen and Alex Aldcorn, respectively.
In the step-dancing contest, 31 dancers and three groups competed. Winners were, in order of finishing:
• 19 years and over: Sarah Johnston of Azilda and Rita Hickey of Brampton.
• 18 years and under: Leo Stock of Stratford, Mika McCairley of Guelph, Sophia Rosedale of Ilderton, Anna Tigani of Stratford, Clara Roth of Tavistock and Ailsa McCairley of Guelph.
• 12 years and under: Savannah Leahy of Orangeville, Julie McEvoy of Stratford, Kensington Ische of Stratford, Ethan Rosedale of Ilderton, Mariah Leahy of Orangeville and Luke Misek of London.
• Nine years old and under: Julayna Leahy of Orangeville, Claire Jardine of London, Seth McIntosh of London, Sadie McIntosh of London, Bridgette Faria of Brampton and Michael Jardine of London.
• Open class: Katie Paradis of Milverton and Charlotte Clare of Orangeville.
• Junior group: ElectriCALL StoRM of the Stratford area.
• Open Group: ElectriCALL StoRM of the Stratford area and UnReel of the Orangeville area.
The youngest step-dancer was Siobheann Faria.