Hand Hills Grapevine

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Hello Hand Hills……what beau­ti­ful weather we have been hav­ing. Things are so green here in the Hills.

Not even sure where to start with a re­port on the 100th but in sim­ple terms, it was amaz­ing. All of the hard work of our amaz­ing volunteers was well re­warded. The peo­ple who came to help us cel­e­brate, the weather, the cow­boys, and our volunteers were all top notch and couldn’t have been any bet­ter. Amanda De­boer, who was rep­re­sent­ing the Cana­dian Red Cross, summed it up per­fectly in a few words. I asked her if she had been to many Rodeos and she said she grew up on the Cal­gary Stam­pede but she looked at me and said, ‘but Hand Hills is Real!’. So true!

We are ball park­ing the num­ber of peo­ple that were at the Stam­pede on the Satur­day at 5000 peo­ple. With all the passes we sold (ac­tu­ally sold out of) plus the cow­boys, plus all of the un­der 16 age kids, we came up with the fig­ure. Ac­cord­ing to the food and liquor sold we feel we dou­bled the amount of peo­ple that were at the Stam­pede last year. Rick An­der­son Pho­tog­ra­phy took an aerial pho­to­graph of the Hills dur­ing the Rodeo. I hope I can sub­mit it for next week. You will agree that the Hills were full. Cam and Do­ray Veno and fam­ily took on the task of count­ing campers again this year and they came up with 482, up from 319 last year. We have steadily climbed in this cat­e­gory as the Veno Fam­ily have been keep­ing track since 2012 when there was 250 campers. The same in 2013 and in 2014 we climbed to 286. Thanks for the count!

The Pa­rade was spec­tac­u­lar and the or­ga­niz­ers were very happy with the al­most 70 en­tries. A real show was put on for the crowd. The Her­itage Float was such a sight to see with all of the se­niors that have paved the way on the road to the 100th. A set of chutes and an old replica of the Club were used on the float and were from the 50th Stam­pede. Don Bene­dict Sr made them then and were still in great shape to be used for the 100th. What a fit­ting trib­ute to our se­niors. The Spe­cial Ar­eas Float was a sight to see and as were all of the Fam­ily Floats. A lot of work went into ev­ery en­try and we thank all the par­tic­i­pants and the or­ga­niz­ers for putting on a great crowd pleaser.

The Con­ces­sions Booth was a bee­hive of ac­tiv­ity all week­end. There was al­ways a line up but the crew in the booth never made peo­ple wait too long. All week­end long we heard lots and lots of com­pli­ments about how well the booth was or­ga­nized and run.

The Big White Tent was a real meet­ing place and was full to ca­pac­ity both nights for the dances. Jac­quie and Brian Gal­ster and their crew kept ev­ery­one happy for the week­end in the Beer Gar­dens. The en­ter­tain­ment was well re­ceived and was a plea­sure to sit and lis­ten to. Don Howard and his band play what I call real Coun­try Mu­sic! The tal­ent that was on stage when they played in the Her­itage Tent was en­joyed by many. The Bixby’s were an­other crowd pleaser. The two times they were on stage, they drew large crowds to hear their coun­try mu­sic. Their song, The Hand Hills Rodeo, which they wrote for the 100th, was very well re­ceived and had peo­ple clap­ping, cheer­ing and danc­ing to it. The love of mu­sic just shines through them as they sing.

The fire­works were ut­terly amaz­ing and for those 15 min­utes peo­ple stood in amaze­ment at the dis­play that was hap­pen­ing in the Hand Hills. Larry Mc­Don­ald was re­spon­si­ble for or­ga­niz­ing this and it was top notch. If you get a chance, there are a few videos of them that are well worth the watch.

The Sou­venir Ladies did a great job with the selec­tion of qual­ity items for Sale. Tally Quaschnick and Ta­mara Quaschnick still have items for sale so don’t fret if you didn’t get yours. Just con­tact one of them and they can fix you up. The jackets, the t-shirts, the hats, you name it, they were all awe­some. Putting the 100th poster on a t-shirt was such a good idea. Did you have a look at the crib boards with the Bronc on them, they are great! Phone them! There are still lots of 100th Cel­e­bra­tion Books for sale as well.

I hope to put together a more de­tailed re­port in the near fu­ture. I am sorry that I haven’t had the time to do this up right but things are still busy in the Hills. The Slo Pitch Tour­na­ment this past week­end was an­other out­stand­ing event the Hills should be very proud of. The weath­er­man co­op­er­ated again; the Beer Gar­dens were a happy place and the booth kept ev­ery­one fed. The campers came out again to the Hills and from all re­ports, Bran­don Cud­die and his crew did a stand up job of or­ga­niz­ing this tour­na­ment. I am sure it will be a con­tin­u­ing event in the Hills. Get your team en­tered for next year. The Man­glers were the win­ners of the A Event. What a plea­sure to watch this young team as they hit home run af­ter home run. It is so much fun to see peo­ple com­ing together to have a good time. That is what we do in the Hills.

The Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Sup­per was held on Sun­day for the Volunteers from the Stam­pede. Day and Bill pre­pared all the food over the course of Satur­day and Sun­day. The bar­be­cued steaks were done to per­fec­tion as was the whole meal. Thanks for all your hard work at get­ting this done along with the ball tour­na­ment. Sim­ply amaz­ing!

And the win­ner is….. Rick Housch. Rick’s name was drawn as the win­ner of the quilt that was made and do­nated by Mau­reen Bene­dict. Rick is Mau­reen’s neigh­bor so that is very fit­ting and to top it off, Rick had made a spe­cial trip to Hanna to buy a ticket when he had heard that Mau­reen was sell­ing them in town. Thanks for the sup­port Rick and more im­por­tantly thank you Mau­reen as this quilt raised over $3000 that went to­wards our do­na­tion to the Red Cross. Our Com­mu­nity just keeps giv­ing and giv­ing. Hand Hills Proud!

To be con­tin­ued and yes I will touch on other news next week!

Till next week…en­joy life, it only gets bet­ter and bet­ter and you are in full con­trol of it!

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