Big Val­ley Bul­letin

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

Last Thurs­day, Au­gust 25 was Big Val­ley’s turn to “put on the Pink” for the Pink­est Lit­tle Town in the West con­test and the un­ac­com­mo­dat­ing weather did noth­ing to stop us from hav­ing a great time. With omi­nous black clouds hang­ing over us, every­one spent the morn­ing be­tween cloud­bursts, “pink­ing up” the vil­lage to be ready for the ar­rival of the Wild Pink Yon­der rid­ers and Al­berta Prairie’s Teddy Bear Spe­cial. When we were through, the Vil­lage looked spec­tac­u­larly pink.

Twenty min­utes be­fore the train ar­rived, the skies opened up and the Wild Pink Yon­der rid­ers pa­raded up Rail­way Av­enue un­der a del­uge of rain and hail. Then, with barely 5 min­utes to spare, the rain stopped, and we all gath­ered at the sta­tion to greet the train.

What an amaz­ing job Al­berta Prairie did dec­o­rat­ing. The train pulled in to Big Val­ley fly­ing great big black flags on the front with pink breast cancer rib­bons. Each side of the lo­co­mo­tive wore huge signs that said, “Pulling for a Cure”. Ev­ery pas­sen­ger car was dec­o­rated with pink rib­bons and pom­poms, sport­ing signs with in­spi­ra­tional words like hope, vic­tory and mir­a­cles. It was truly a sight to be­hold.

When the pas­sen­gers dis­em­barked, we be­gan the cookie ex­change. As an imag­i­na­tive fundraiser, ev­ery per­son on the train (there were hun­dreds) was given a sugar cookie with pink ic­ing on top. Mean­while, ev­ery per­son in Big Val­ley, in­clud­ing all the Wild Pink Yon- der rid­ers, was given a sugar cookie with white ic­ing on top. The goal was to ex­change ev­ery white cookie with ev­ery pink cookie and for ev­ery cookie ex­changed, Al­berta Prairie planned to give Wild Pink Yon­der a dol­lar!

Then came the “Pink­est Lit­tle Car­ni­val” hosted by the Big Val­ley Li­brary but op­er­ated by a group of Big Val­ley ju­ve­nile vol­un­teers. Our kids did an ex­tra­or­di­nary job – it was awe­some to watch them run­ning all the games and mak­ing sure the vis­it­ing kids all had a blast! Par­ents ex­pressed their ad­mi­ra­tion with the job our kids did – es­pe­cially with such a big crowd and the un­co­op­er­a­tive weather. There were rave re­views from all who came out to play. The chil­dren’s de­lighted ex­pres­sions made the ef­fort worth­while. Big Val­ley kids rock! We couldn’t be prouder. A spe­cial thanks to Wilf Dressler who ral­lied around to help us set up the car­ni­val, dec­o­rate the Wi-Fi park and su­per­vise. You re­ally came through for us.

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