Armstrong’s Kraft Celebration Tour launched in Spallumcheen Thursday.
TSN Sportscentre anchors Dan O’Toole and Jay Onrait spent Thursday morning at Gerald Luttmerding’s Back Enderby Road farm catapulting pumpkins and milking cows.
The duo met citizens at Askew’s in the afternoon and went for a skate at the Hassen Arena with the Raggedy Rollers roller derby squad, all part of the fun that will be shown on today’s 3 p.m. live Sportscentre broadcast from downtown Armstrong.
“I have never in my life launched a pumpkin,” said the six-foot-five Onrait, who joined the 1st Armstrong Scout Scoutinators’ pumpkin launch team.
Wearing a harness at the front, Onrait, pulled by 10 members of the scout troop, launched three pumpkins (donated by Clarence Glaicar of the Pumpkin Patch in Spallumcheen) close to a target.
O’Toole was with the RCMP Youth Catapult Team, whose first effort was, uh, well…
“Lame-o,” yelled Onrait, after the pumpkin went considerably less distance than Onrait’s crew.
Clad in orange T-shirts, sunglasses and hard hats, the duo were then introduced to the Pumpkinator, a hydraulic-aided cannon created by operators Glen Paull and Dan Hopkins.
Each anchor loaded a pumpkin into the cannon, and tried to hit Michael Luttmerding and friends’ 1991 Mazda 323 Hatchback parked 1,000 feet off in the distance.
“Hit that car, hit that car,” the anchors had the crowd of close to 50 people on hand chanting, and they did come close, launching one pumpkin to within about 100 feet of the car.
O’Toole and Onrait were driven to Luttmerding’s farm from downtown Armstrong, accompanied by Mayor Chris Pieper, in Vic Douglas’ 1964 Lincoln Continental convertible.
O’Toole, who grew up on an Ontario pig farm, and Onrait, a native of Athabasca, Alta., were both milking cows for the first time in their lives, and were introduced to Tyra and Bunni, Holsteins who aren’t used to being milked late in the morning.
“Be gentle,” pleaded O’Toole as he and his partner were given brief milking instructions from Luttmerding.
Clad in green gum boots, O’Toole was declared the milking champ as Tyra had all four teets going to easily defeat Bunni and Onrait.
“I’ve got enough for coffee,” deadpanned Onrait, who ended up taking a swig of his milk from his milking pail.
The anchors will broadcast their 3 p.m. show today live from downtown Armstrong and the public is welcome to attend and be part of the crowd.
Kraft Celebration Tour festivities kick off on Pleasant Valley Boulevard in downtown Armstrong at 1 p.m. with plenty of activities for all ages.
The presentation of the $25,000 cheque from Kraft to the local organizing committee will take place on the main stage at 2:30 p.m. After the 3 p.m. show, there will be an opportunity to meet the anchors and get autographs in the TSN tent.