Hand Hills Grapevine
100th Stampede…Once in a Lifetime Experience!
Hello Hand Hills…..what a beautiful rain and it was just on time as things were drying up fast. Things are looking green and the crops are soaking it up. Not sure that the berrry and apple trees made it thru the frost but that all remains to be seen.
All other news will have to be put on hold as the most exciting thing in the Hills is about to happen this weekend, The 100th Hand Hills Lake Stampede.
This is a once in a lifetime experience so come and enjoy it for all it is worth. There are so many things planned for the weekend that you will not be disappointed. The Parade has at least 45 entries and it goes at 10 a.m. and will be so exciting to watch. If you are any place on the track (EXCEPT along the NE corner) you will be able to watch this event. There are so many things planned and the best way to find out is to have a look at the poster elsewhere in the paper for full details or go to www.handhills.a.b.ca for all the details.
It is sure to be a Hit at the Stampede and it will make its debut on Friday on the Calgary Stampede Stage! I am talking about the song that has been written for the 100th Stampede and it is titled Hand Hills Lake Rodeo. Bud, Shelley and Jaydee have written a song and dedicated it to the 100th. This family has music deep down in their bones and I can’t wait to hear what they have come up with. Bud’s family has been a musical part of the Hand Hills for many, many years and their style of country music is a perfect fit for the Hills. Having Courtney and Flett influence in her background Shelley is a true blue Hand Hills Girl. We all know about Jaydee and his singing career and know that this will be a perfect fit for the 100th Song. They never miss a Stampede and are strong supporters of the Community. Stop by the Calgary Stampede Stage on Friday from 3-5 to hear the song first hand. Bixby’s Rock!
The young cowboys and cowgirls are going to give you a real treat after the rodeo performances as they take part in the Wild Pony Race. Watch these youngsters give it their all as they try to be the team that gets the job done the fastest. The Mounted Shooters are an amazing set of horse people who take riding and shooting to a whole new level. Watch them on Friday. Don Howard and Band will be sure to entertain you in the Heritage Tent and while you are there be sure to sign the Guest Book and please give us your memories. It will all be part of Stampede History.
Speaking of Memories I have been saving this one as it was the very first memory that I received from a reader. 82 year old Mary Campbell (Guterson) formerly of Drumheller and now living in High River sent me a lovely letter quite a while back and I haven’t found the perfect spot to use it until now. Mary remembers well coming to the Hand Hills Stampede. In 1948 she was a Grade Nine Student and the Stampede was held on a Wednesday then as it was for many years. Mary and her friends skipped school and made their way to the Hand Hills. The day was hot and dusty and she recalled that it was a wild, wild, west show .Lots of cowboys that were just plain crazy to ride those bulls. She remembers well the rough, gruff voice of the an- nouncer Frank Sparrow. Mary recalls him telling the cowboys to quit stalling in the chutes as the horse isn’t going to wait any longer and he’ll buck you off in two jumps. On the way home they had car trouble and they were really in trouble for being so late. On top of that, at school the next day they got detention and had to write 100 lines saying” I will not skip school again”. (I wonder if they ever did. Do tell Mary!) Mary went on to marry a rodeo cowboy and was instrumental in organizing the Little Britches in High River. When I asked Mary if she had any souvenirs or pictures her answer was simple, No we were too broke for that. Edith Hamelin of Drumheller also remembers coming to the Stampede but a school bus brought them out. What memories.
This weekend is all about memories, old and new. Come to the Hills to make some new memories and give us your old ones. This is a once in a lifetime chance so don’t miss it.
If you have any spare time during the week or the weekend and would like to volunteer please stop in at the booth and we will be glad to give you a job.
Enjoy the Rodeo, the clown, the music, the fireworks and everything else that we have to offer.
The community is a busy place and all the volunteers are working extra hard and long to put on the best show yet. It has been countless hours of work but the end result is going to be a show stopper. See you in the Hills! I vote them Volunteers of the Year! Say thanks to a volunteer when you see one!
It is Monday morning and as I am finishing my write up it is raining! The campfires will be blazing and the Fireworks over the Lake will be spectacular and will sure to be a highlight.
Till Next week… See you on the Weekend.