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The excitement created by the Kraft Celebration Tour was a two-way street.

While residents were thrilled to get up close and personal with the dynamic duo of TSN’s Kate Beirness and Darren Dutchyshen, you could tell the feeling was mutual.

The Kraft sponsored celebration is far more than a chance to earn $25,000 for your community. It doubles as a cross-Canada exchange. The 35-plus people who made up the TSN team coming to Cochrane were thrilled with the opportunity to visit our community. Most were from Ontario and Quebec and for many it was their first visit to Western Canada. Their interest was genuine.

Cochrane, too, had a chance to really stop and reflect what to present when it hit the national spotlight last week. Anyone touring the grounds of Mitford Pond would recognize instantly that this is a community with a great deal of pride, a tremendous amount of ambition and a strong sense of values.

Of course, the money does come in handy and thanks to the contribution of community-minded businesses and residents it will stretch even further.

Event organizer Kelly Kimmett is confident with the help of the town they will be able to turn the money raised into as much as $100,000 in improvements to Mitford Pond. That will go a long way to work through the list that has been compiled. As Kelly reminds us, little things do add up and can make big dreams come true.

The Kraft Celebration Tour gave Cochrane a chance to shine and from all accounts the glare was blinding.

Congratulations to Kelly, his family and the long list of volunteers and contributors that made this day special. And to TSN and Kraft Canada for making a lasting impression upon our community.


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 Two more boxes of KD are added to the tub at IGA in Cochrane. On August 19th, let’s cook up the largest bowl of KD ever. Martin’s Macaroni Musings Tuesday, August 07, 2012 by Martin Parnell On August 19th 2012, Cochrane will experience a party like it’s never seen before. The Kraft Celebration Tour is coming to town. In early July, over a 24 hour period, there was a vote off between Cochrane and Innisfail, to see which town would represent Alberta and win the $25,000 community prize. Voting was fast and furious and by on July 12th the results were in. Cochrane had received 154,000 and Innisfail 95,000 votes. Planning is in full swing for the day but one event will be new for the tour; the largest bowl of Kraft Dinner ever cooked will attempted. First, a little bit of history on the origins of this famous meal. Macaroni (“Maccheroni” in Italian) is mentioned in various medieval Italian sources, though it is not always clear whether it is a pasta shape or a prepared dish. However, pasta and cheese casseroles have been recorded in cookbooks as early as the Liber de Coquina, one of the oldest medieval cookbooks. A cheese and pasta casserole known asmakerouns was recorded in an English cookbook in the 14th century. It was made with fresh, hand-cut pasta which was sandwiched between a mixture of melted butter and cheese. It was considered an upper-class dish even in Italy until around the 18th century. “Macaroni” with various sauces was a fashionable food in late eighteenth century Paris. The future American president, Thomas Jefferson, encounter the pasta in both Paris and in northern Italy. He drew a sketch of the pasta and wrote detailed notes on the extrusion process. In 1793, he commissioned American ambassador to Paris, William Short, to purchase a machine for making it. Evidently, the machine was not suitable, as Jefferson later imported both macaroni and Parmesan cheese for his use in Monticello. In 1802, Jefferson served a “macaroni pie” at a state dinner. Kraft Dinner, known as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the United States and Macaroni Cheese or Cheesey Pasta in the United Kingdom, is a macaroni and cheese convenience food that requires minimal preparation by the consumer. The original product, a packaged dry macaroni and cheese mix, was introduced in 1937 by the company now known as Kraft Foods. It is now available in several other formulations. All you have to do to get involved in creating the largest bowl ever cooked is to go to IGA in Cochrane, buy a box or two of KD and drop them in the large tub they have between the doors. Each box is $5 and all the money goes to the Mitford Pond Project. Then on August 19th come out to Mitford Pond and enjoy a bowl of your favourite “Mac and Cheese”. Quote of the Day “It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Kelly Kimmett was the driving force behind Cochrane winning the Kraft Celebration Tour the third stop on the 2012 Kraft Celebration Tour is officially Cochrane, by a landslide victory of some 60,000 votes. “We had 155,000 votes last Wednesday and Innisfail had 96,000, remarked Kimmett Cup (annual charity pond hockey tournament) organizer and driving force behind the recent competition, Kelly Kimmett, earning the Mitford Pond Project a grant in the sum of $25,000 (from Kraft Canada) to go toward park upgrades. The 24-hour voting marathon began July 11 at 10 a.m. and was the battle of Alberta between the Mitford Park Project and the Innisfail Minor Football Association; Cochrane was one of 10 grant recipients across the country. “Consider this your invitation to Cochrane’s biggest party ever on Sunday, August 19”, said an enthused Kimmett, who is equally excited about Cochrane receiving national exposure as he is about the grant for park upgrades. On Aug. 19, TSN Sportscentre will be broadcasting live on location from Mitford Park, with hosts Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness kicking off the broadcast at 4 p.m. The gates at Mitford will open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and families are encouraged to come out and enjoy a variety of complimentary cooking provided by Kraft Canada, games, live entertainment by local artists and of course, the live broadcast. The feature Cochrane story will be on marathon man, Martin Parnell’s Right to Play, his ongoing campaign to help kids in need be active. Kimmett said there are many plans in the works for upgrades to the park, and he is hoping to leverage the funds from different levels of government, which explains the cheque flow to the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Foundation, instead of directly to the Town of Cochrane. “The main thing we want to do to the area by the pond is to put up a building for storage and electrical feed and to set up a covered skate change and picnic area, which will be utilized in the winter and the summer months”, said Kimmett, adding that other plans for upgrades include field improvements, another set of bleachers, concession and stage upgrades.

Spread the Word and Vote

Copy this to send out to everyone in your address book! Attach the poster and handout to your e-mail.
Hello Cochrane! If you have not heard already Cochrane has reached the finals of the Kraft-TSN Celebration Tour! Out of nearly 600 entries across Canada our nomination for Mitford Pond upgrades has made it to the top 20. We are very close to receiving the Kraft $25,000 Community Award but we must win a face-off vote against Innisfail on Wednesday, July 11 starting at 10 am MDT. Voting continues for 24 hours until 10 am July 12 and the winner is announced that evening on TSN Sportscentre. If we are successful we will also be hosting TSN Sportscentre live from Mitford Park one day between August 17th and 26th bringing Cochrane national media attention. How can you help? 1.Please forward this e-mail to family, friends, co-workers, and/or employees to spread the word and make voting day plans. 2.Use the promotional poster and handouts at your place of business to spread the word 3. On Wednesday, July 11 starting at 10 am MDT please go to and vote as many times as possible in the 24 hour window and there is NO LIMIT to the number of times you can vote It is as simple as that! Let’s do this together Cochrane! Ideas for maximizing the vote include: Organize your workplace to vote during lunch and coffee breaks so bring your phone, i-pad, or laptop to work. Maybe your boss will want to donate a little company time to allow voting! Contact people in organizations you belong to such as service groups, sports teams, etc. and organize a special meeting to vote in groups. Host a Vote for Cochrane BBQ and have friends bring over electronics to vote into the evening on July 11. Feel free to spread the word by Facebook or Twitter! Thanks everyone, let’s finish this off for our town! Kraft Celebration Tour Nominating & Organizing Committee, Kimmett Cup, Monumental Tournament of Aces, Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation, Marathon Quest 250 Quest for Kids Kelly, Dianne, Taylor, Reid, Joe, Jason, Mike, & Martin.

After a massive surge of community pride that saw a record 572 nominations submitted by Canadians across the country, Kraft Canada and TSN revealed the Top 20 communities selected as finalists for the summer’s biggest community celebration: the Kraft Celebration Tour. Now it’s time for Canadians to vote by visiting or As announced on Sunday exclusively on SportsCentre on TSN and SPORTS 30 on RDS, the Top 20 communities have been paired up and will be narrowed down to 10 tour stops for the Kraft Celebration Tour through 10 days of head-to-head online voting from July 9 to 21. As part of the Kraft Celebration Tour, the 10 winning communities each receive $25,000 from Kraft Canada to put towards improvements to a local recreation facility and serve as a backdrop for a live broadcast of SportsCentre. The Top 20 communities, along with the match-ups and scheduled voting dates are as follows: – Monday, July 9 – Kimberley, BC vs. Creston, BC – Tuesday, July 10 – Clarenville, NL vs. Canning, NS – Wednesday, July 11 – Cochrane, AB vs. Innisfail, AB – Thursday, July 12 – Pugwash, NS vs. Port Hawkesbury, NS – Friday, July 13 – Porcupine Plain, SK vs. Kerrobert, SK – Monday, July 16 – Sussex, NB vs. Bathurst, NB – Tuesday, July 17 – Hamiota, MB vs. Manitou, MB – Wednesday, July 18 – Chicoutimi, QC vs. Sainte Adele, QC – Thursday, July 19 – Kakabeka Falls, ON vs. New Liskeard, ON – Friday, July 20 – Trenton, ON vs. Lindsay, ON Voting for each match-up is unlimited and runs online from 12 noon ET each weekday for a 24-hour period. Results of each vote are announced the following weekday on SportsCentre on TSN and SPORTS 30 on RDS. Leading up to each vote, SportsCentre and SPORTS 30 will profile each match-up with a look at both communities and their proposed community improvement projects. The Kraft Celebration Tour editions of SportsCentre and SPORTS 30 air live from August 17 to 26. TSN’s Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness host SportsCentre from all Western Canada stops, while Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole bring Canada’s number one sports news program to all Eastern Canada communities. In addition, RDS anchors Francois-Etienne Corbin, Alain “Le Baron” Chantelois, Valerie Sardin and Genevieve Langlois join the Kraft Celebration Tour festivities in Quebec, as they host a live broadcast of SPORTS 30 from either Chicoutimi or Sainte-Adele. A record total of 572 nominations were received for this year’s Kraft Celebration Tour, with nearly 14,000 comments submitted by community members in support of local nominations. The 20 finalists were selected based on essays and photos describing how a $25,000 award from Kraft Canada would not only make a difference in the community, but also help improve a local recreation facility that builds strong social ties and promotes healthy, active living in the area. During the tour, fans can keep up with the cross-country adventure on social media by visiting and liking the Kraft Celebration Tour Fan Page on Facebook, and by following and interacting with the tour’s personalities on Twitter. Official Twitter hashtags for the Kraft Celebration Tour #kraftcelebrationtour