- Taber, Alberta
official_name = Town of Taber
settlement_type = Town
motto = Land of the Long Sun
dot_mapsize = 200px
dot_map_caption = Location of Taber in
dot_x = 117 |dot_y = 240
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = CAN
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = AB
subdivision_type2 = Region
subdivision_type3 = Census division
subdivision_name3 = 2
subdivision_type4 = Municipal District
subdivision_name4 = Taber
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Ray Bryant
leader_title1 = Governing body
leader_name1 = Taber Town Council
leader_title2 = MLA
area_total_km2 = 15.09
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 7,591
population_density_km2 = 503.2
timezone = MST
utc_offset = -7
latd=49 |latm=47 |lats=05 |latNS=N
longd=112|longm=09 |longs=03 |longEW=W
elevation_m = 815
postal_code_type = Postal code span
postal_code = T1G
blank_name = Highways
blank_info = Highway 3
blank1_name = Waterway
website = [http://www.taber.ca Town of Taber]
Taber is a town in
southern Alberta, Canadain Municipal District of Taber. Taber was established in the late 1890s by European settlers on the banks of the lower Oldman River. It is an agricultural town of 7,591 (2006) famous for its corn due to the large amounts of sunshine the town and area receive. It has thus taken on the title "Corn Capital of Canada", and has an annual "Cornfest" held in the last week of August.
Taber and Notogawa, Japan are sister towns.
Originally, Taber was known as "Tank No. 77," and was used by the
railwayto fill up on water. In 1903, it is said that the first Mormonsettlers from the U.S.A.were the ones to establish a hamlet at the Tank. After the town's post officewas built in 1907, the CPRdecided to call the town "Tabor," probably after Mount Taborin Palestine. However, various letters and station heads came out printed "Taber," so the CPR changed the name to make it match the records.
An alternate version of the towns name origin is that the first part of the word
tabernaclewas used by Mormon settlers in the vicinity, and the next Canadian Pacific Railway station was named Elcan (nacle spelled backwards).
After time, Taber became a successful
coal miningtown. Coal mining declined in the late 1920s, but picked up in the 1930s after extensive irrigationin the area.
Irrigation helped not only the coal-miners, it also brought with it the production of
sugar beets. In 1950, a sugar beet processing plant (Roger's Sugar) was built, which has become a vital part of the town's economy.
April 28, 1999, Taber gained notoriety due to the W. R. Myers High School shooting[CBC News. [http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/1999/05/03/taber_new990503.html Taber school shooting information] ] in which a 14-year-old entered W.R. Myers High Schooland shot two students with a .22 calibre rifle, killing Jason Lang and wounding another. San Jose Sharksforward Devin Setoguchiis from Taber, Alberta.
In 2006, Taber had a population of 7,591 living in 3,034 dwellings, a -1.0% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of km2 to mi2|15.09|abbr=yes|wiki=yes and a
population densityof Pop density km2 to mi2|503.2| spell=UK | abbr=yes.Cite web| url= http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=4802022&Geo2=PR&Code2=48&Data=Count&SearchText=Taber&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&GeoLevel=&GeoCode=4802022 | title= Taber - Community Profile | author= Statistics Canada| authorlink= Statistics Canada| year= Census 2006 | accessdate= 2007-06-13]
Taber's economy is largely based on agriculture. Local produce includes hogs,
beef, sheep, poultry, sugar beets, potatoes, peas, carrots, wheat, sand/ gravel, flax, barley, corn, beans, oats, onions, canolaand mustard. Taber's sugar beet processing plant (Roger's Sugar) plays a vital role in the economy. There are also several food processing companies based in the town, including a Frito-Layfactory, which produces various snack products for much of Western Canada. To a smaller extent, there is also a significant oil and gas component to the economy.
Grades Kindergarten through 12 are administered in Taber by the Horizon School Division and Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Division. Taber has a Christian School for grades 1 through 9. Other education systems include Community Adult Learning Council, ACE Place Learning Center and a Career Resource Center. There is a Taber campus for the
LethbridgeCollege. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Taber School List | date= | publisher= | url =http://www.taber.ca/life_TABER/schools.asp | work = | pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-25 | language = ]
Cornfest is an annual summer festival held in late August, and it includes a midway (rides, booths, and tests of skill) and a stage with performers. [Taber Chamber of Commerce. [http://www.taberchamber.com/Cornfest/home.htm Cornfest 2004 website] ] There are also corn-based activities, such as corn tasting and stuffing. Large-scale, local corn producers enter their best varieties in the 'Best Corn of the Year' award.
Corn stuffing involves two people, one wearing an over-sized coverall. One of the contestants attempts to stuff as much corn as possible into the other's coverall. Whichever team can put the most corn in the coveralls in the allotted time wins.
* [http://www.taber.ca/ Town of Taber]
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