Ver­dant Val­ley Eye Opener

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

Doris Wade and fam­ily held a fam­ily re­union at the farm of daugh­ter Jean Goetz at Rim­bey. About 30 fam­ily mem­bers were able to at­tend. This is an an­nual event. Great for fam­ily to get to­gether like that.

Well “Bucket List” dreams some­times do come true. On the long week­end of July 30 to Au­gust 3 Ron and I went on the Rocky Moun­taineer train trip from Banff to Vancouver. The trip in­cluded three night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion in Banff, Kam­loops and Vancouver so the train trip was all dur­ing the day and you did not miss any of the scenic travel. We left our car at the air­port in Cal­gary and Clint and Lynn drove us to Banff where we stayed overnight. We boarded the dome car of the train early Sun­day morn­ing and trav­elled through beau­ti­ful moun­tain scenery to Kam­loops. Though we have trav­elled that way many times by high­way you get a very dif­fer­ent view from the train and you don’t have to watch for traf­fic. On board you re­ceive world class ser­vice and won­der­ful meals in the din­ing car. Your lug­gage is trans­ported by truck to your next ho­tel des­ti­na­tion. The high­light of the trip may have been the sec­ond day from Kam­loops to Vancouver along the Thompson and Fraser River canyons. It was breath­tak­ing scenery. We stayed an ex­tra day in Vancouver to get a flight home on Wed­nes­day evening and were able to visit with friends Bruce and Phyl­lis Burgess.

This week­end Ron and I vol­un­teered at the Blue Rodeo con­cert at the Bad­lands Pas­sion Play site. A sold out crowd en­joyed the con­cert. Lynn Hem­ming vol­un­teered at the Tough Mud­der event where 3000 par­tic­i­pants were chal­lenged by one of the tough­est Tough Mud­der venues avail­able.

Don’t for­get that this com­ing Satur­day, Au­gust 13 is the Chore (Draft) Horse com­pe­ti­tion at the Ver­dant Val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­ter with com­pe­ti­tion start­ing at 1:00 pm. There will be dis­plays of old time machin­ery and ve­hi­cles, house hold an­tiques and quilt­ing and weav­ing demon­stra­tions. There are ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren, a con­ces­sion and a Beef on a Bun sup­per with old time mu­sic at 5:00 pm. The af­ter­noon event is free and a charge will be made for the sup­per. Tick­ets for the sup­per may be pur­chased at the River­side Value Drug Mart in Drumheller. It is hoped that this event will re­new and en­cour­age in­ter­est in the past his­tory of our ru­ral com­mu­nity.

Happy birth­day this week to Tim Ewing on Au­gust 12 and Cash Landry on Au­gust 13.

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