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Saturday morning saw 46 floats in the Flatbush 100-year celebration parade including one from the MD (bottom left). Flatbush Celebrates 100 The Flatbush 100 th Birthday Celebration was held the weekend of June 14-17, 2013. Attending were the current residents and those from other locations who at some point in their lives had called Flatbush home or had enjoyed some time here for one reason or another. 22 THE MD OF LESSER SLAVE RIVER MILESTONES | October 2013 The Friday evening kick-off Meet and Greet was a flurry of hugs and smiles as people began to come together. The Saturday morning Pancake Breakfast served over 575 people. There were 46 floats in the parade, including many family entries. horse and wagon rides around town. Each lot in the hamlet had been posted with the names of all owners and businesses that had ever been on the property in the past 100 years. Then we went back to the Complex for a chili, stew and pie bake-off and pot-luck supper. Although the weather was rainy and cool, it did not dampen the spirit but brought people together at the Flatbush Complex for a day of visiting and reminiscing. During the day there were indoor and outdoor children’s activities, a threshing bee and slow pitch games. The supper was attended by approximately 650 people of all ages. The fireworks display was beyond anything we could have imagined and enjoyed just that much more because it was provided by generous donations from past and present residents and business owners. The social evening saw the building packed until closing. Many people had to leave on Sunday but those who were left gathered at the Flatbush Seniors’ Centre on Monday morning for a send-off of coffee and muffins. After the Sunday pancake breakfast at the Flatbush Complex, the activities moved downtown into the hamlet of Flatbush for the day. There was a community church service, a doves of peace release ceremony, lunch at the Flatbush Legion branch, dessert at the Flatbush Seniors’ Centre with entertainment, a silent auction at the fire hall, a log sawing demonstration and When it comes to an event of this magnitude, you can have all the money and things you need but the component that really makes it a success are the willing hands to make things happen, and we are proud and grateful to have them in Flatbush. The weekend’s numerous activities for this once-in-a- lifetime event were made possible due to the generous gift of $5000 from Municipal District of Lesser Slave River along with donations from several small businesses and private individuals. Added to that were countless people who pitched in to ensure a wonderful time was had by all ages. MD124.CA