Hand Hills Grapevine
Hello Hand Hills…with the mixed bag of weather of late one never knows what to expect. We are looking green here in the Hills but sure have had a lot of south east winds. Summer is on its’ way, just wait for it.
The 101st Stampede was a great success. There were more campers this year than we had in 2015 but way less than 2016. Thanks to the Cam Veno Family for keeping track. ( 2015 /319, 2016/ 482, 2017/ 332.) The weather cooperated, making for a great Stampede. Keith Quaschnick runs a tight ship and the rodeo flowed awesome. Layton Rosin, as President, gave an awesome speech for the Morris Beck Memorial that was given as a Judy Sieppert Memorial. He touched on how Judy would do anything asked of her, would peel potatoes for hours even with arthritic hands, loved to talk and tell stories of her family so much that Layton felt like he knew more about them than the family did. Layton said that Judy’s laughter and humor is going to be missed and too often we take people for granted. Charlie Fielding opened the Show and he reminisced about the changes that he has seen since his first Stampede in 1933. He mentioned the volunteers and what a great show it is. Charlie, at 98, was very proud to be asked and we were very proud to have asked this Canadian War Veteran as a tribute to Canada’s 150. The Booth was a popular place as usual as was the Dances in the big Tent. The Calgary Stampede Show Riders were popular again and they help out by volunteering. The Bouncy Castles kept the younger generation busy but there was one 91 year old who had to try out the Orbitron. Bernie Popovich thrilled the owner of the machine when he asked to go for a ride. Bernie has been an invaluable part of the Hand Hills Stampede as he, at his young age, will do anything to help out. For years he was the one that would clean up the Clubhouse after the Cowboy Cabaret. Thanks Bernie! Bernie and Larry Morton can be seen doing various chores for the Stampede. Larry Morton is another person who we value as a volunteer. A jack of all trades he gets a lot of things done and we would be lost without him. We hope that you had a chance to stop and view the slideshow that was playing in the Booth. It featured the song, the Hand Hills Rodeo, that was written by the Bixbys. Jenny Finnimore put a lot of pictures on a slide show with the sound as the background. We have so much go- ing on that I could go on and on. To be continued…
Ada Benedict is turning 90 and the family wants to invite everyone to come and celebrate. June 24 from 2-5:30 at the Hanna Community is the place to be to help celebrate this awesome lady’s birthday Bash.
The Ball Tournament held this past weekend in the Hills was a huge success. 16 teams played ball from 6:30 Friday night right up to 5 o’clock Sunday, when the winner of the four divisions were declared. I will have to catch up with the head organizers, Mr. Cuddie, to get the names of the winners but I do know that the A Final had the Manglers winning. This team has some players that have played together since they were six years old. Congratulations! See you all next year. Big O had the tent rocking both nights. He came out of retirement for the second year in a row. Debbie kept the partiers happy by running the booth and feeding everyone till three in the morning. Our hats off to the Olmsteads for this service! The young volunteers in the Hills did a bang up job of organizing this. Hand Hills is in good hands with this crew and we need to be thankful and appreciate what we have in them! We have the best volunteers!
The two people who had to receive medical attention before the Saturday Rodeo are reported to be doing fine. Bev Bergman, in her column last week, stated that the cardiac patient is back in the States. The lady with the broken leg had surgery, in Calgary, on the Monday. Rosemary and Bob Hamer, decided that this was the year to come back to the Stampede for a relaxing day away from the city. At 75 years young Bob reported that thru all bureaucracy at the hospital his wife fared well. On the lighter side, he said that the Stampede should go into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most ambulance incidents before the Rodeo even started. Our hats off to all the people who helped out in the situations; our Dryland Emergency Medical Association, Kari Mason and Randy and Betty Landis to name a few. Where would we be without them!
I do not know his name but an older fellow from Hanna stopped at the booth and I started to talk to him about whether this was his first time at the Stampede. He said that they used to always come but had not for a few years because they had sold their trailer. Anyways on the Friday he said that he and his wife were away for eye appointments and just out of the blue he said to his wife that he was going to buy a trailer and go to the Stampede. They did just that, packed it up Friday night and came out. If you are reading this please phone me and give me your name. That is a crazy good story!
Till next week… thanks to everyone who thought of us through the fire and made a point to stop and ask how we were doing. The site is cleaned up thanks to Ted, Mike and Chris from the Colony, it looks so much better and the site for sore eyes is gone. On with life….