Big Val­ley Bul­letin

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Linda Still­inger 403-876-2479 l.still­inger@gmail.com

The Big Val­ley com­mu­nity con­nected with the Hiver­nant Métis Cul­tural So­ci­ety at their an­nual Spring Fling fundraiser this past Satur­day, May 6. Sup­port­ers gath­ered in the vil­lage’s com­mu­nity hall to feast on de­li­cious food, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional Métis stew and ban­nock, en­joy the live band and take the op­por­tu­nity to bid on items do­nated for the silent auc­tion. Lo­cals en­thu­si­as­ti­cally put their feet to the test when the band played that most fa­mous Métis tune, the Red River Jig. A com­bi­na­tion of Plains First Na­tions, Scot­tish, Ir­ish and French-Cana­dian dance steps, the jig is thought to have emerged from the Red River in the early to mid-18th cen­tury. Though at­ten­dance may have been down, sup­port for the so­ci­ety’s ef­forts is still sig­nif­i­cant, with lo­cals rec­og­niz­ing how closely Métis his­tory is en­twined with the his­tory of Big Val­ley. The Spring Fling is an an­nual fundraiser in sup­port of the so­ci­ety’s Métis Hiver­nant Days sched­uled for Aug. 4 to 6 in Big Val­ley.

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing as Big Val­ley gears up for the sea­son opener of Al­berta Prairie Rail­way Ex­cur­sions. The first train of the sea­son ar­rives in Big Val­ley on Satur­day, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. and we’ve been warned that the Reynolds Raiders are likely pretty hun­gry af­ter six months of ice and cold with no trains to rob. Prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way to or­ga­nize the volunteers who of­fer in­for­ma­tion, an­swer ques­tions and guide pas­sen­gers to the high­lights of our amaz­ing lit­tle vil­lage.

Big Val­ley’s Com­mu­nity Hall will host their an­nual Mother’s Day Break­fast on Sun­day, May 14. Bring mom out for some great food and com­mu­nity fel­low­ship from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Come on out to Big Val­ley for the an­nual Bust Out Rodeo on May 26 and 27. Rodeo ac­tion be­gins at 6:00 p.m. on Fri­day and 5:00 p.m. on Satur­day. There will be wild pony rac­ing for ages 12 and un­der and the rodeo winds up with a dance on Satur­day night. For more in­for­ma­tion on this year’s event con­tact Tom Cas­sidy at 403-740-3488.

The Big Val­ley Elks An­nual Memo­rial Golf Tour­na­ment is sched­uled for Sun­day, May 28 at the Big Val­ley golf course. Break­fast and regis­tra­tion be­gin at the Club­house at 8:00 a.m. with tee off at 10:00 a.m. The tour­na­ment will be the usual 9 holes, Texas Scram­ble, fol­lowed by beef on a bun and some fun prizes. The Elks in­vite ev­ery­one to come join them.

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