Big Val­ley Bul­letin

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Linda Still­inger 403-876-2479 l.still­

This past week­end Big Val­ley hosted their an­nual two-day Live Steam Days. There were some mar­velous model steam en­gines and vin­tage cars show­cased on the grass area across from the McAl­lis­ter Mu­seum. The sound of the whis­tles and chugchug­ging of the en­gines echoed through­out the vil­lage. Thank you to the many ded­i­cated ex­hibitors, whose ef­forts to pro­duce and show­case th­ese won­der­ful ma­chines, make our Live Steam Days pos­si­ble.

Did you know that in the early 1920s Big Val­ley had an ex­cep­tional base­ball team? The team got as far as play­ing Ed­mon­ton for the Pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship. Some of the play­ers on the team were Len Mur­ray, Roy Chap­man, Joe Stotzel, Perry Cavanaugh, Sloak Dor­man, Chukaluck, Do­gey Spencer, and the Lewis Broth­ers. Un­for­tu­nately, when the CN re­lo­cated from Big Val­ley, the team broke up.

Yet base­ball and slo-pitch have con­tin­ued to be very pop­u­lar here in Big Val­ley, with both kids and adults form­ing teams and hold­ing var­i­ous tour­na­ments ev­ery sum­mer. Come on out and sup­port the Big Val­ley Fire De­part­ment when they host their an­nual ball tour­na­ment, pan­cake break­fast and steak sup­per on the Au­gust 5th week­end. More in­for­ma­tion to come.

The Big Val­ley Li­brary would like to re­mind area par­ents and kids about our Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram. Come join us at the li­brary ev­ery Tues­day & Thurs­day af­ter­noon, be­gin­ning at 2:00 p.m. for crafts, fun games, treats and of course some great books. Everyone is wel­come. Chil­dren un­der 5 must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. For more in­for­ma­tion, stop by the Big Val­ley Li­brary, phone 403-876-2642 or check us out on face­ big­val­leyli­brary.

Don’t for­get to mark your cal­en­dars for the 13th an­nual Hiver­nant Métis Days which come to Big Val­ley on July 29, 30 and 31. This an­nual three-day fam­ily event is a great op­por­tu­nity to en­counter Métis his­tory and cul­ture. Week­end fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 4:00 p.m. on Fri­day, Jul. 29 with the ar­rival of the tourist train proudly fly­ing the Métis flags.

Come ex­pe­ri­ence tra­di­tional danc­ing, mu­si­cians and sto­ry­telling at Big Val­ley’s Jubilee Hall or check out the trap­per’s camp and teepees. Visit ven­dors of­fer­ing tra­di­tional crafts, take a horse drawn Red River Cart ride, or try your hand at var­i­ous crafts, drum mak­ing, or fid­dle lessons. The week­end will in­clude a church ser­vice, tal­ent con­test and a sup­per and dance. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact at Mar­lene Lanz (403) 815-6720, 1-800-267-5844, visit the web­site at www.hiver­nant­metis­cul­ture­so­ci­ or email

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