Private Members’ Statement: 135th Anniversary Argyle Fall Supper
Hon. Ralph Eichler (Minister of Agriculture): Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to stand before this House today and acknowledge a beloved prairie tradition, annual fall suppers in Manitoba.
On September 24th, the Argyle Fall Supper celebrated its 135th anniversary. In spite of a hectic season, every September for the past 134 years, one Sunday has been set aside for breaking bread with neighbours, friends and family at the Argyle’s Fall Supper.
Putting on a feast for entire community is not an easy feat and takes months of planning, but the supper has continued through many generations. The first supper began in 1882 and was organized by the Ladies’ Aid Church group and was called a fowl supper as different families would donate chickens for the meal. As years went by, the main course switched to turkeys and soon the community gathering was referred to as fall supper.
Crowds come in droves and to this day it is very much a community event. Fall suppers play an important part in bringing the community together once a year. With tradition being an important part of the supper, many of the items still served are from the supper’s early days. Homemade pumpkin pie is a staple at the annual supper as well as homemade pickles.
Fall suppers are important events for rural communities. They serve to bring residents together for some delicious home-cooked food and raise money for local organizations. I have had the pleasure of attending many fall suppers and it is this time of year that I look forward to the most.
I’d like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for all those who are involved in marking a historic day in the community of Argyle, as well as the efforts of the fall supper committee who are joining us today in the gallery.
I would ask the House join me in congratulating the community of Argyle and the many volunteers that have kept this prairie tradition alive.
Thank you, Madam Speaker.
Dec. 4, 2017