Hand Hills Grapevine
Hello Hand Hills…..Where has the month of September gone to? At this rate we will be hearing Christmas Carols before we want to. Hope the harvest is going good for everyone and that Mother Nature will cooperate. Mice, mice and more mice has made hauling the bales home a real challenge as those pesky rodents are chewing the strings off. Never a perfect storm!
It has been a real baby boom as I have three more families that have little ones to brag about.
Congratulations to Marvin and Diane Quaschnick on the safe arrival of their newest granddaughter, Harlee Pearl. She was born on August 23 and is a baby sister for Titus. Congratulations to Mom Megan and Hubby Jordan, life is going to be real busy up in the northern part of Alberta.
It is a girl! And it is the first granddaughter for Larry and Lyla Nelner. Congratulations to Darren Nelner and Bobbie Brewster on the birth of Emily Ruth. Ruth is Lyla’s middle name so how fitting is that! Congratulations to All!
Merna Shields has another great-granddaughter to cuddle and spoil. Granddaughter Christina and husband Rollin Morris welcome baby number 4 into their world. Mariah is another grandchild for Anna and Mike Babcock. Congratulations to the Shields Family!
Congratulations to Scott and Sarah McDonald on their recent marriage. Scott is the oldest son of Dean and Cheryl McDonald. What an exciting time for the family! Scott and Sarah make their home in Edmonton.
Larry and Rosemary Rosin spent three weeks travelling and enjoying the countryside from the Hills to the Yukon. They camped along the way and had the company of Stratton and Adrian Peake. I can only imagine the stories that made it back to Lukes’ as Larry would have enjoyed that trip like no other. It was great to get away but Rose said it was definitely time to come home.
What a success it was! The Donna Griffth Memorial Family Rodeo was an overwhelming success. So much that it has a date set for next year of September 16. The day was beautiful and every minute of daylight from 10 in the morning until 8 at night was used for family fun. The All Round Family was the Brady Family. The All Round Cowgirl was Abigail Brady and the All Round Cowboy was Kent Thorkelson. In all there were 200 contestants. Our Hats off to all the Hand Hills volunteers, all the parents who helped, all the sponsors and all the contestants who made the day so great. This brainchild of Tamara Quaschnick is sure to be another great Hand Hills Tradition.
On the subject of Rodeo, Morgan Burgemeister, who is the daughter of Jason and Shantelle, has been competing and winning her fair share of events this summer. She competed in Calgary at a 4-H competition, she rides at the Riding and Roping Club and she competed at the Family Rodeo. She is an accomplished Horse Person who obviously loves what she does. Congratulations Morgan.
The annual Delia Fall Fair is quickly coming up on October 15 at the Delia Arena. While you are visiting and seeing all the Fair has to offer, you don’t want to miss the “Fine Art Photography Art Show and Sale” (sponsored by the Delia Historical Society) at the “Historic St. Patrick’s Church” they will be showcasing the work of local photographers from Delia, Craigmyle, Hanna, Hand Hills, and Drumheller. Hope you will mark this on your calendars!
The Hand Hills Turkey Supper is coming up fast and is scheduled for the 23rd of October. With the new ovens all hooked up and ready to go, no one will be asked to cook a turkey this year but we will need lots of help with the pies, preparing the turkeys at the club, the veggies and set up. Belinda Haugen, Jacquie Galster, Day Lenfesty and I will be phoning around for help so please volunteer.
We have the new ovens and Day and Bill will be putting them to the test at a Halloween Pizza Night. Plan to get dressed up for Halloween, bring down your candy and join in the fun, Friday, October 28. It is going to be a fun night!
The Ranchers Ball is getting close so mark the 19th of November on your calendar. It is a great night out with a roast beef supper, magician/comedian. Watch for ticket sales!
The Hanna Rodeo celebrated their 30th year in style. Congratulations on carrying on this tradition. It is great for the town of Hanna and the people from the area. Keep up the good work. I see that Merna Shields is still presenting the Steer Riding Buckle after 25 years. What a tradition!
Till next week…take a trip to Delia and see the Highland Market, you never know what you might come home with! Congratulations to the new owners!