Big Val­ley Bul­letin

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Linda Still­inger 403-876-2479 l.still­

The tourist sea­son is in full swing and ev­ery­one in Big Val­ley has been over­whelmed with the prepa­ra­tions for the big Rails and Tales ex­po­si­tion which be­gins in only one week. The kick off day cer­e­mony is on Wed­nes­day, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. From June 30 to July 3, Big Val­ley will be burst­ing with ac­tiv­i­ties show­cas­ing the im­por­tant role of the rail­ways in the history of our vil­lage and all of Canada, the history and culture of the Métis of the Big Val­ley area and the pi­o­neer way of life. The whole vil­lage has been work­ing hard plan­ning this event as a cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150 birth­day.

Dur­ing the ex­po­si­tion our lo­cal artists will be show­cas­ing their work with an art show in the li­brary be­gin­ning on June 28. Our lo­cal ukulele club will en­ter­tain us at the li­brary Wi-Fi Park. Métis dis­plays will in­clude a tipi, trap­per’s tent and a Red River cart and there will be fid­dler and dance and bead­ing demon­stra­tions. Trains will run every day from June 28 to July 4 from Stet­tler to Big Val­ley.

As a trib­ute to our pi­o­neers, Rails and Tales will be pre­sent­ing dis­plays of full size equip­ment from per­sonal col­lec­tions and her­itage preser­va­tion groups and all the equip­ment will be op­er­ated by vol­un­teers.

Dur­ing the ex­po­si­tion there will be a pet­ting zoo, penny car­ni­val, photo ops, face paint­ing, pa­rades and the Le­gion Color Guard will meet the train. Big Val­ley’s July 1 cel­e­bra­tions will in­clude a pa­rade which will roam through the vil­lage be­gin­ning at 11:00 a.m. and a com­mu­nity bar­be­cue from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Pur­ple Park, fol­lowed by a fire­works dis­play at 10:30 p.m.

All in all, the week will be burst­ing with ac­tiv­i­ties too nu­mer­ous to men­tion. Why not come on out, bring your whole fam­ily to ex­plore ev­ery­thing this show­case event has to of­fer. We hope to see you all here.

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