Verdant Valley Eye Opener
After days, weeks, months, years of planning and preparation by dedicated volunteers, the 100th annual Hand Hills Lake Stampede was a resounding success on the weekend of June 3 – 5, 2016. The weather was hot but perfect with a soft breeze occasionally cooling everyone. I don’t know the official count but I know thousands camped and parked around the arena to enjoy a great rodeo and races. The parade was exceptional and led by the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses and Calgary Stampede riders. The one princess is our own Chelsie Jacobson of Drumheller and a beautiful young woman who we have known since she was born. There were at least 45 entries in the parade and it was well supported by neighbouring communities and families. The Verdant Valley Ag Society and the Verdant Valley and Dorcas Womens Institute had entries in the parade. We were pleased to see Day Lenfesty awarded the Good Guy award as he is a tireless community worker. On Sunday Matt Howard of Munson rode in the Boys Steer riding and made his ride. (He was riding in Water Valley on Saturday and won the belt buckle. Good for you Matt). Fred Ewing had an outfit in the chuckwagon races. Hats off to a rural community who have kept this stampede going every year for 100 years. It takes an enormous amount of preparation and work and they just keep on doing it. We all enjoy the benefits of your hard work! Our mother, Alice Bell Howard, was at the first stampede in 1917 as a girl of 14 and I was one month old when I attended my first stampede in the Hills. It is a family tradition.
Happy birthday this week to Brittney James on June 9, Cori (Poland) Grieve on June 10 and Jaclyn ( James) Skytt on June 15.
Happy wedding anniversary this week to Ron and Helen Leonhardt, Jason and Lisa James, Kelly and Gloria Anderson and Tom and Dani Dooley on June 11, Jason and Alisha Ewing on June 12 and Ed and Fay Hnetka on June 15.