Rumsey & District Register
The sunshine is working its magic and slowly drying out the fields so the farmers can get into them and get the haying and silaging done. Good luck and be safe on the equipment, everyone.
I would like to apologize to Judy and Jim Nelson. Judy came in two week ago with news of their European cruise and I promised to get it into the column but we were gone camping so I submitted my column using my memory and my phone technology. Well, the phone worked better than my memory so you might have noticed how brief the column was last week. This week I am safely at home with my PC so I should be able to remember everything. Judy reported that the cruise was wonderful and very memorable. They saw a lot of remarkable things as they travelled but towards the end of their journey they stopped in Holland and with the connections of friends in Holland they were able to visit the Royal Flora Holland Auction. This amazing place, the size of 220 football fields, supplies flowers to the world everyday. It is an auction house that deals specifically with flowers and plants. They sell 12.5 billion flowers and plants annually; their top sellers are 3.7 billion roses, 1.7 billion tulips, 117 million Phalaenopsis, 77 million kalanchoe, 20 million hydrangea. There are 34.5 million flowers going out the door every day. The flowers and plants are shipped in throughout the night, the auction starts at 7:00 am and runs to 11:00 am during which time the viewing balcony is open to visitors so you can observe the mayham. Then the afternoon is spent shipping the flowers all over the world. Everything happens at a frantic pace to maintain freshness at all times. Their top 5 export countries are Germany, Britian, France, Italy and Russia. The 5 top countries they import from are Kenya, Ethiopia, Israel, Belgium and Germany. There are over 100,000 transactions every day. This truly sounds phenomenal.
The S.T.A.R.S Ride concluded Sunday with another successful year under their belts. Well done to all the volunteers who work hard on this every year. Joanne Richmond reported that the rough total of the pledges and fundraising efforts were over $40,000.00 as the supper and silent auction hadn’t been added in yet. There were $36,000.00 in pledges alone. There were 102 riders for the day, the oldest rider was 88 years old so thank you to Marvin Donaghy for participating and the youngest rider was Chesney Andersen who was only 4 years old. May you both enjoy many more years on the ride. The top pledge collectors were: Lynne Tanner who brought in $9330.00, Ernie Goddard with $5900.00, and Nikki Hiron who collected $4415.00. In the junior pledges, Rylee Jones brought in $2201.00, Tenial Hunt came with $2020.00 and Meah Richmond brought $1475.00 to the table. Thank you to all of the riders for your efforts to raise money for such a worthy cause. The raffle was once again a big hit with the prizes going to Tayler Hiron, who won the quilt made by Joanne Richmond, Rob Richmond, who won the Frieson Gift Cards, Logan Duncan, who will be enjoying the Alberta Prairie Steam Train Tickets, Peter These, who will cash in on the Grouches Shopping Spee, Dariel McNaughton will get to enjoy a Pencil sketch of John Wayne by Lee Caweizel and Jim Gardner will enjoy a $100 gift card from Central Alberta Co-op’s. Thank you to all the donators and to all who entered the raffle.
The Rumsey Ag Society still have a few spots left to fill for their casino dates on August 24 and 25 so please contact them asap and put your name down. It is the easiest fundraiser you will ever volunteer for and it raises so much money for the Ag Society. I have worked at many of them and I will be going again as it is the simplest thing you can do with the greatest return for your effort.
Lastly, the Verdant Valley Draft Horse competition is on this weekend starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. It will be held at the Verdant Valley Community Center 15 kms east of Drumheller on hwy 576. This is a chance to see some real power at work as those horses charge around the field. It is Free admission to the grounds with a beef on a bun supper. Check it out.
I found this joke particularly funny because in our world of pointing out the obvious, I think that we tend to get a little carried away. If you have ever noticed that on the ingredients list of a jug of milk, the manufacturer has pointed out that this product contains milk! Really ?!?!
I swear, the other day I bought a packet of peanuts, and on the packet it said ‘’may contain nuts.’’ Well, YES! That’s what I bought the buggers for! You’d be annoyed if you opened it and a socket set fell out!’’
Have a great week.