Hand Hills Lake Club holds camp­site auc­tion

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The Hand Hills Lake Club is look­ing to raise some funds and give all at­ten­dees an equal shot at some prime camp­ing spots.

The Hand Hills Lake Club is host­ing its an­nual Char­ity sale on Fri­day, March 10. The com­mit­tee has se­lected 10 of the most pop­u­lar camp­ing sites and will auc­tion them to the high­est bid­der for this year’s event. The funds from the sale will go to im­prove the site.

“We are go­ing to give it a try and see if this works,” said Mar­i­lyn Vre­de­goor of the com­mit­tee.

She ex­plains the funds will be used to get rid of fence posts they use to mark off each camp­site and fire lanes. By putting in steel pegs at ground level, it will make the site eas­ier to ma- neu­ver with large ve­hi­cles or cam­pers.

“It will make it eas­ier for them to park, we want to im­prove the park­ing,” she said.

Vre­de­goor fore­sees that this may be con­tro­ver­sial for long time cam­pers. Some come early and lay claim to the prime camp­ing ar­eas. This will give the op­por­tu­nity to the high­est bid­der.

“We have had peo­ple com­ing in that don’t get the spots, they are roped off early. But now peo­ple that have had th­ese spots for years want to keep those spots,” she said. “Change is hard.”

An­other change is with ex­cep­tion of the 10 auc­tion spots, none can be marked off and claimed be­fore May 1.

“We don’t want to take away from the fam­ily as­pect of it be­cause peo­ple come and camp in a cir­cle with 8-10 ve­hi­cles,” she said. lia. Please plan to at­tend. This Hand Hills tra­di­tion has been held for al­most 50 years. Come have some fun, do­nate/buy some good­ies and get in a visit or two with neigh­bors.

Along with the sale there is a spe­cial auc­tion hap­pen­ing. The Club has voted to mark off ten of the top park­ing spots for the 101st Stampede. The sites will be ap­prox­i­mately 60’ long by 30’ wide. The sites will be auc­tioned off to the high­est bid­ders on March 10. The map will ap­pear in the pa­per this week and will be on so­cial me­dia. Please have a look and come and get your spot for the 2017 edi­tion of the Hand Hills Lake Stampede. Go to www. drumheller­mail.com or the Hand Hills Face­book page. An­other change that will be im­ple­mented in 2017 is that no camp­ing spots can be marked off be­fore May 1, with the ex­cep­tion of the ten spots up for auc­tion. Please bear with us as we go thru this tran­si­tion pe­riod.

Till next week…change is al­ways hard but re­mem­ber that change means progress.

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