It was a weekend to remember! Locals who attended the Hand Hills Stampede were so impressed with the organization and presentation of this great event. Their 100th year was a real milestone: a marvelous parade; rodeo events; a trade show; great food; with the lighted 100 sign illuminating the skies after dark. I had the opportunity to see an aerial view of the grounds and it was stunning; beautiful blue lake with a “trailer city”. Very impressive!! Craigmyle locals who did not have the stamina to be in attendance late Saturday night, sat on hills in this community and enjoyed the dazzling firework display. All reports from this community give the Hand Hills a “10” for their fine event.
I have known Linda Norlie for a very long time and we have always worked together very well, however, I think I have to quit hanging out with her! She and I worked the Hand Hills concession “graveyard” shift on Friday night (along with others). Upon leaving the grounds at about 2:00 am and slowly proceeding home, we were pulled over by the RCMP. Now, Art is working to convince locals that it was because Linda and I were “hung over”, so maybe I need to quit hanging out with Linda! Unfortunately I am committed to making burgers with her this Monday at the 4-H Concession in Delia; I really hope we don’t get pulled over from that!
However, the fine RCMP officer who stopped us did not even ask for driver’s licence, ID or registration. He was obviously pulling the graveyard shift himself and just genuinely felt sorry for these two “old” ladies who were doing the same! Working the Hand Hills concession on the Friday night is actually fun and usually proves to be entertaining. Linda, are you up for another adventure next year??
Sunday’s Craigmyle pancake breakfast brought out a good number of people, despite that it was the weekend of the Hand Hills Stampede. Even though organizers were looking for a small attendance, they managed to keep up with the hungry souls who turned out. This month’s draw was won by shaw.
There is a community local who is celebrating a milestone in a couple of weeks. Art Bergman will be celebrating 15 years of receiving OAS. Yes, that’s right; this vivacious guy will soon be 80 years old. Anyone wishing to congratulate him on this milestone can stop by the Bergman farm for a come and go social time on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 7:00 pm.
Turning 80 has not slowed Art down too much. This past week he put his energy into cleaning up two neglected rural cemeteries that many people may not even be aware of: the Dowling Lake Cemetery and the St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery; both part of the Craigmyle community. Great job Art, keep it up! Mary Heathers-Up-