Ver­dant Val­ley Eye Opener

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - He­len Leon­hardt 403-823-9823

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.

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