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The Drumheller Mail - - 100TH HAND HILLS LAKE STAMPEDE - Mar­i­lyn Vre­de­goor 403-665-2473

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.

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