Catch the Ace is still going at the Walkerton Legion

At Saturday’s meat draw, the Fleet family had been pretty lucky, with six of the winners being named Fleet. But Ron Fleet hadn’t managed to buy a Catch the Ace ticket before all 1,200 tickets were gone, so he was called upon to draw the winning ticket on Sunday. He received a round of applause and appreciation when President Rose Austen introduced him as both a life member and a veteran.

Ron drew Jake Spitzig’s ticket with its guess that envelope No. 22 would be hiding the Ace of Spades. Those envelopes are darned tough to get open and you could have heard a pin drop as Ron worked to tear it open and reveal… the king of diamonds! Jake’s $1,200 prize was the largest weekly amount so far, leaving this week’s jackpot at about $25,000.

This Sunday is Week 29 of a maximum 30 weeks. Trying our best to be fair, the rules limit tickets to four per person, so there are none at our retail vendors. You must purchase your tickets through the Legion or through our partner organizations, the Kinsmen Club of Walkerton and the Walkerton and District Optimist Club.

2021 is the 100th anniversary of the poppy in Canada and the Legion’s most important time of year is about to start. All local students, including home-schooled children, may enter the Remembrance Poster and Literary contest in any of the categories where they are eligible, but only once per category. Entries should be submitted at a participating school or dropped off at the Legion before the Nov. 19 deadline. Judging will take place the following week and Youth Education Chairman Rich Henry needs volunteer judges, so please let him know if you can assist.

The Poppy Campaign starts Oct. 29 and the sign-up sheet is now in the Legion lobby. Every hour that you can commit is essential, as COVID has limited our locations and times for canvassing in person.

Early bird members save $5 if you renew before the end of October. There are still two free memberships to be won for the following year.


Jan Briggs-McGowan is a member of the Walkerton Legion. Her column appears here weekly.

Jan Briggs-McGowan