SECTION A - TheDrumhellerMail.com Saturday, August 13 took place at the Verdant Valley Community Center when the Chore Horse Competition took place with an attendance of around 300 spectators. Eight teams of beautiful heavy horses competed on a course with the ultimate top team of seven year old “Bill and Smokie” Percheron Cross horses owned and trained by Tom Christiansen of Standard winning top award. Competition sponsors were Cervus Equipment, James Farms, 3MC Stock Farms, Dekeyser Auctions, Neil and Donna Duncalf, Elson and Pat McDougald and Riverside Value Drug Mart. Starland County assisted with banners and printing. The Center was a busy place with games and activities for kids, and displays that were reminiscent of past days when “horse was king”. The Weavers and Spinners with Nadine Duncalf as a member, Doris Wade’s display of quilts, the Women’s Institute’s display of their 100th anniversary in the community, displays of antique cars, trucks and machinery and Toni Wilson and the Homestead Museum display of antiques were all viewed with interest by those attending. The yard was filled with cars, trucks, trailers, campers, people and horses. It was a very enjoyable day and concluded with great country music by the Willow Creek Players and Beef on a Bun sup-
It was an incredible, life changing experience as described by Jared Duncalf who returned on August 2 from a eighteen day adventure in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He and a friend Spencer Nielsen and a group of 11 young people, two leaders and one translator went with “Live Different” to these countries to help build houses and a school. In Dominican Republic they were in Sosua and built a cinder block house in a farming community for a lady (Susie), her 23 year old daughter who is deaf and mute and her six year old granddaughter. In Haiti in Cap Haitan near the capital city of Porte Prince the group built an Art Deck classroom in a school and another cinder block House. The weather was hot and humid always between 35 – 40 degrees. Fortunately they had lots of water and really good food and stayed at a resort in the off hours. What a wonderful experience for these young people and we look forward to hearing more about it at a future meeting of the AG Society. Well done Jared.
A very successful event on per catered to by Day Lenfesty. A day like this does not ‘just happen’ and a great number of volunteers spent considerable time and energy making it a reality. You are too numerous to mention but you know who you are and that your efforts are appreciated. The event was organized by the Verdant Valley Ag Society.
Jim and Toni Wilson, Loretta and Kasen spent a week in July camping at Aspen Crossing. The first week in August Jim and Toni camped at Milk River and attended a Chambers family reunion at Writing On Stone Park. They returned home in time to attend Blue Rodeo concert in Drumheller and host visitors from Stony Plain, Kinsella, Sylvan Lake and Lacombe for the weekend and concert. They were then off again to the Crowsnest Pass to visit with Toni’s cousin Wendy and Danny Rossi in Hillcrest and many other cousins in Blairmore and area.
Happy birthday this week to Lisa (Calon) Lovsin on August 18, Deanna Mepham on August 19, Alexander Kuvaja on August 21 and Donna Duncalf on August 22.