The Yorkton Brick Flour Mill Society will host its first Road Rally fundraiser in August.
The rally will take place Saturday, August 7 starting at 2 pm from the mill location. There will be two separate rally flights.
The day will also include a pancake breakfast, barbeque, a cruise of cars down Broadway, a show-and-shine, and a drive-in movie later in the evening.
Major sponsors for the event are Key Auto Group and Yorkton Tribal Council. Additional sponsors include Legacy Co-op, Yorkton Kinsmen Club, Yorkton Lions Club, Yorkton Professional Firefighters Association and the Gallagher Centre.
Major sponsors for the event are the Key Auto Group and Yorkton Tribal Council. Other sponsors are the GX94/FoxFM, Legacy Co-op, Harvest Meats, Back Forty Brewery, Yorkton Business Improvement District, Yorkton Kinsmen Club, Yorkton Lions Club, Yorkton Professional Firefighters Association and the Gallagher Centre.
The storyboards telling the history of Yorkton were expanded again in June of 2021 with the addition of seven more 4x8 foot panels.
The new panels include four aerial photos of Yorkton in 1920, the 1950s and 1970s; the history of wheat development on the prairies, and the development of farming, starting with oxen providing the pulling power, to horses, to steam power. Panels also show harvesting from binders to threshing machines to combines, worked by crews of 18 men in the early days to current two-man operations.
Further additions to the storyboards planned for later this summer include raising livestock and ranching, grain storage and transportation, elevator and grain bin evolution, and the history of the Yorkton Exhibition Association.
The outdoor panels, accessible year-found on the south side of the mill, tell the history of the Yorkton area from the time it was inhabited by the First Nations. They were officially unveiled on Oct. 8, 2020.
An online auction, the first-ever for the Yorkton Brick Mill Heritage Society, raised nearly $8,000 for the project to restore and preserve Yorkton's original flour mill, the last such mill in the province.
Bidding on 83 items and experiences took place over a one-week period starting June 10, with 120 bidders from across western Canada taking part. The items were provided by 46 donors, and another three made cash donations to the auction.
The highest bid was $770 for the Ernest Luthi painting donated by former Yorkton resident and retired judge Nancy Morrison of Vancouver.
The "experience" items in the auction were very popular. The highest bid was $350 for a private acoustic performance by Mitchell Lysak. Other popular items were airplane flights, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, being a guest host on radio, a vintage fire truck ride, a ride on a combine during harvest and a night at a cabin.
Photo: auction organizers Tami Hall and Juanita Brown.
The Yorkton Brick Mill Heritage Society Inc. was formed in early 2012 by individuals interested in encouraging the preservation of the oldest surviving brick flour mill in Saskatchewan.
Constructed in 1898 by John J. Smith to support the new settlement's agricultural base, the mill was reinvented a number of times by changing ownership and needs until falling into disuse in the late 1980s.
This heritage site is being developed by and for those who believe that history need not exist only in photographs and books.
The Society holds several fundraising events each year, and solicits donations and grants from various sources to pay for the restoration of the original mill, the improvement of the grounds, and future expansion.
In early 2020 the Society developed a three-year strategic plan setting out its mission, vision, values, and six strategic priorities with goals and objectives for each.
The Society invites anyone interested in its work to become a member, or become a Friend of the Mill by making a donation. A charitable receipt will be issued by the City of Yorkton for donations.
The Society envisions an addition to the old mill that will house artifacts, provide meeting space for community groups, and host businesses.
When complete, the grounds of the old mill will include outdoor exhibits and meeting spaces, as well as story boards telling the history of the mill and site.