It was all about celebrating Winnie The Pooh on Saturday afternoon, when the Cold Lake Ag Society hosted a Pooh Party at the Agriplex. It coincided with International Winnie The Pooh Day, in honour of the most famous character from author AA Milne, who was born January 18 in 1882 in London.
Around 60 kids braved the temperatures to have fun indoors with face painting, treats and games, and some kids were even lucky enough to win a plush Piglet or adorable Eyore, or one of the other plush toys donated by the Cold Lake Health Care Auxiliary.
Calgary natives Rattle and Strum provided the entertainment on stage with song and dance, and the day wouldn’t have been complete without the cartoon movie to end the event.
He first appeared in books in the 1920s, and the first animated Winnie The Pooh movie was in 1947. There have since been nearly 100 animated or live action movies and TV series, and has become one of Disney’s most popular characters and stories of all time. The character was named after a bear in a Winnipeg zoo named ‘Edward’. He also inspired the name of Seventies Canadian pop powerhouse Edward Bear (“Last Song,” “You Me & Mexico,” “Close Your Eyes” and half a dozen other top 40 hits).