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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.

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