The Village of Morrin is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023 instead of 2020! After ten years of being governed as a hamlet, firstly by the administration of an Improvement District and then by the Municipal District of Starland No. 307, the Village of Morrin was incorporated on the 14th day of May, 1920.
We hope you will be able to attend the party that’s planned for August 4 - 7, 2023. If you were lucky enough to attend the 2015 Homecoming, you’ll know how much fun was had! We promise this celebration will exceed your expectations and we’ve added an extra day!
700 people registered at the last Homecoming. Let's see 1,000 this year!
Please join us!
Activities are planned from Friday night through Sunday. Friday night will include registration, Meet & Greet, and a wiener roast. Saturday will be a busy day with meals, parade, a photo booth, KidZone, bread baking, train and horse and wagon rides, slo-pitch tournament, firemen's challenge, beer gardens, dance at the arena, and more. For those that like a quieter pace, the Morrin Community Hall will be open. The Village of Morrin and MWC Trucking are sponsoring a spectacular Fireworks display on Saturday night! Sunday will see a Church service, Outdoor Market, and a Volleyball tournament in the school gym.
Of course there will be a parade! It is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th at 11 am. We hope to see a variety of entries. Decorate your bikes kids! Show off your vintage vehicle! Bring the semis and tractors to town! Anyone in a band or dance troupe? We'd love to see that! All businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate. Descendants of area pioneers could maybe put something together to honor those who settled here. Or maybe you can dress up in some crazy costume and ride a scooter! Please phone or text Heather Bitz at 403-820-1428 to enter the parade and get further information.
There are plenty of activities lined up for the children, including
* Bouncy Castle
* Sand Pit
* Face painting
* Balloon Magic
There are two playgrounds in Morrin, the B.G. Davidson Memorial playground and the School playground.
We ask that your children be supervised so that everyone can enjoy the festivities!
There will be plenty of food and refreshment choices throughout the weekend. The Friday night festivities will include an old-fashioned wiener roast. Throughout the weekend, the arena concession, the Morrin Hotel (excellent pizza!), and food trucks will keep your belly full! Also, catered meals are planned for Saturday and Sunday and Breakfasts will be served both days. Saturday supper includes roast beef and all the trimmings. Sunday supper will be beef or pork on a bun with salads. Beer gardens at the arena will be open all weekend and of course, the coffee pot will always be on!
For those not staying with family, nearby accommodations are available. If you have an RV or tent, bring 'er on down! RV parking is available on the south side of the arena or at the Starland Recreation Area at the river. PLEASE NOTE Campfires are not allowed at the arena RV parking area, No services are available at either location, although there is a dumping station in Morrin. A former resident of Morrin operates a motel in Three Hills and Drumheller offers numerous places to stay. (Book early as it's the long weekend.) Washrooms are available inside and outside of the arena. The main floor of the arena is accessible.
Please register in advance to ensure a fast and easy experience upon your arrival. We need an idea of how many to expect for meals, etc. and want to eliminate long line ups at the door! Your name tags and meal tickets will be ready when you get here! On-line registration is fast and simple. We have also provided a downloadable form for those who would rather have a paper copy.
Take a stroll around Morrin to reminisce the olden days and take in the new. You can also hitch a ride on the Mirror Lake Express train or horse and buggy. The Village has created a new park on Main Street to commemorate the Centennial. Starland County has a brand new office/shop complex in the far northeast corner of the Village. The Morrin Hotel has undergone major renovations. Make sure you visit the school, as by the next Homecoming, there will be a brand new one! The Time Capsule that was buried at Homecoming 2000 will be opened and the new History Book will be available!
The Sod House is a must-see when you're here! In 1980, to celebrate Alberta's 75th birthday, a large group of volunteers began to cut and haul sod from a slough bottom from the Montgomery farm. Approximately a month later, the house was completed. In 2009, the original sod house was replaced with a new one, this time with a cement foundation and shingled roof, again by volunteers. The Sod House Committee became the "Morrin Historical Park and Sod House Society" in 1991. Recently the Society has taken on another project, converting the United Church into the Morrin Historical Centre.
This treasure contains a bit of preserved hockey history from Morrin and the surrounding area. The booklet is a compilation of newspaper clippings, team pictures and memorabilia representing two very successful hockey teams from tlhe 1940's and 1950's, the Morrin Legionnaires and the Morrin Flyers. All pages are in full color!
**Compiled by Don M. Cuncannon
To Pre-order this book, as well as the Morrin Community News book (shown next) please contact Marilyn Trentham at 403-823-9484. Payment can be made by cheque to Morrin Historical Park & Sod House Society, Box 242, Morrin AB T0J 2B0 or etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books are to be picked up at Homecoming.
From 1938 to 1945, Gladys Davidson (daughter of Mr. & Mrs. B.G. Davidson) wrote the Morrin and District weekly news reports and submitted them to the Drumheller Mail. She cut each one out of the newspaper and retained them for her lifetime. After her passing, they were kept by her brother Frank and his wife, who then gave them to their daughter Beryl. Beryl (Halvorson) compiled and photocopied the clippings in order of years. Many years later, they were given to Vella McGechie, who gave them to Don Cuncannon to complete the project by preparing this book.
Order both books for $75.00!
All proceeds from both books go to the Morrin Historical Park & Sod House Society.