Big Valley Bulletin
The tourist season has begun with the first train of the season arriving here in Big V alley this past Saturday, May 14. Th e train w as ne arly f ull w ith over 360 people on b oard. A pproximately 75 of t he v isitors were evacuees from Fort. McM urray who remarked how wonder ful St ettler and ar ea w as tr eating t hem. The “Big Valley welcomes Fort McMurray” sign was a big hit with many wanting their pictures taken with the sign.
An unscheduled train came into Big Valley on Sunday, May 15. Th is was a special train c arrying a we dding party. Alberta Prairie Steam Tours was quite excited that one of their conductors chose to get married in Big Valley’s blue church. This was a repeat of history as a railroad conductor got married at the same church 99 years ago. Everyone at the historical society and Big Valley in general ar e e xtremely ple ased when young couples choose our church as their “special” place, as we consider the church very special too.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the long awaited Grand O pening of t he Historical Society’s new tool museum on Sunday, May 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. followed by an open house, light refreshments and some door prizes. Be sure to come out to Big Valley and to check out this amazing new museum.
Also on Sunday, May 29 is t he Big Valley Elks Annual Memorial Golf Tournament at the Big Valley golf course. Breakfast and registration begin at the Clubhouse at 8:00 a.m. with tee off at 10:00 a.m. The tournament will be the usual 9 holes, Texas Scramble, followed by beef on a bun and fun prizes. The Elks invite everyone to come out for a day of excellent golf, great food and good fellowship.
The Big Valley 4-H Beef Club held their Mock Achievement day at Armstrong’s ranch on Sunda y, May 1 and it w as a great success. Th e steer and heifers looked fantastic. All the members are very excited about the Show and Sale next week. Th e female show will start at 2:00 p.m. on Monda y, May 23. The steer show kicks off on Tuesday, May 24 a t 9:00 a.m. with the sale to follow at 7:00 p.m. The Big Valley 4-H Beef Club invites everyone to join them at the show and sale to help them celebrate their successful year.