Verdant Valley Eye Opener
This past week was a busy one for the Drumheller and District 4H members, leaders and parents. On Monday, June 5 the 4H Beef Show and Sale took place in the Delia Arena. Three beef clubs, Delia, Hesketh Orkney and Rumsey Rowley, showed their calves and cow/calf female animals. The members are judged on conformation of their steer, grooming and showmanship. The members also have a judging competition learning to judge beef cattle. Members taking part on this day from our community in the Delia Beef Club were Jared Duncalf, Camryn, Delaney, Elli-Anna, and Liam McDougald. From the Rumsey Rowley Club showing their calves were Vanessa, Meah and Cadynce Richmond (grandchildren of Ron’s sister Eleanor and daughters of his nephew Ken Richmond). A beef supper was served in the Delia Hall with presentation of awards followed by the sale of the steers. The 4H members and clubs are generously supported by the local communities both in sponsoring trophies and awards and in purchasing of the member’s calves.
Then on Saturday, June 10, the Drumheller and District 4H Council hosted a celebration of the 100th anniversary of 4H in Alberta in the Rowley Hall. Clubs had displays of the work and activities that they take part in. A program was MC ed by Vanessa Richmond and Janice Hoover. Elli-Anna McDougald and Aubrayel Berdahl led the 4H pledge. The guest speakers briefly outlined the history of 4H Clubs in the province and District. Jim Fisher spoke about the first 4H club in Alberta in Olds in which his father was involved. Elson and Pat McDougald spoke about the Drumheller 4H Beef and Ron Leonhardt outlined the history of the Grain Clubs in the district. Other leaders spoke about the Rowley Sewing Club, Rumsey Rowley Beef, Morrin Multi Club and Hesketh Orkney Beef. Doug Stanger spoke about the Drumheller District 4H Scholarship. Some presentations were made, door prizes given out and entertainment followed. A slide show of the 2016 4H exchange trip between Drumheller and Oxford Ontario was shown. Four members of the DVSS student band including Liam McDougald and music teacher Virginia Sakofsky entertained. After a pizza supper singer/songwriter Blake Reid entertained including the song he wrote and recorded for the 4H Centennial, “Room to Grow”. It was a great event. Congratulations to the organizers.
Tuesday and Wednesday last week Elson and Pat McDougald took their team of Clydesdale horses and covered wagon to Pioneer Acres “Kids Days”. 400 grade 1 and 2 kids were there each day mostly from Calgary, Chestermere, Crossfield and Airdrie. They kept 4 wagon and teams pretty busy from 10 to 2. Pat baked 15 dozen cookies for the kids for the two days. Thursday they attended a planning meeting for Knox Fun Day on June 25 and later attended the DVSS Cultural Arts night. Camryn plays in the band. Friday they attended the Allied Distributors 50 years in business celebration. Elson had his restored 1939 Minneapolis U tractor on display. So, a busy week for everyone.
Ron and I enjoyed being part of the 40th wedding anniversary party for Tom and Dani Dooley on Saturday evening. About 60 friends, neighbours and family gathered at the Dooley farm. Congratulations on this milestone.
Happy birthday this week to Jaclyn ( James) Skytt on June 15, Wylie James on June 16 , Kobe Ewing on June 17, Dylan James on June 18, Winston Martynes on June 20 and Jodi Poland on June 21.