Big Val­ley Bul­letin

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Linda Still­inger 403-876-2479 l.still­inger@gmail.com mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

After all the hype, prepa­ra­tion, hard work and an­tic­i­pa­tion, Rail and Tales is over and what a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for the Vil­lage of Big Val­ley. Ev­ery day of this ex­po­si­tion was jam­packed with spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­hibits. Memorable ex­pe­ri­ences in­cluded all the mar­vel­lous static dis­plays of vin­tage steam, gas and oil pow­ered equip­ment, the de­light­ful Métis fid­dle which could be heard over the crowds, the amaz­ing art show held all week at the li­brary show­cas­ing our lo­cal tal­ent, Main Street and Rail­way Av­enue lined with people for the first of July pa­rade, the few dozen clas­sic cars show­ing up for ev­ery­one to check out while wait­ing for the CF 18’s and of course, the Royal Cana­dian Air Force CF-18 Hor­nets flyby last Thurs­day.

The thank you list is ex­tremely long after a week like the one we just had. First, a great big thank you to all of the res­i­dents. Ev­ery­one did such a fan­tas­tic job with the flags, red and white flow­ers and beau­ti­fully groomed yards to make Big Val­ley re­ally shine for all of our visi­tors. There were so many com­ments about what a beau­ti­ful lit­tle vil­lage we have. Thank you to Big Val­ley’s Pub­lic Works staff. Mel, Tammy and Jim did an awe­some job get­ting ev­ery­thing taken care of de­spite all the wind and rain caus­ing ex­tra work. Thank you to Chantel Janke and Dina Clark for tak­ing on the Com­mu­nity Canada Day BBQ this year. This is such a great event to just get to­gether with friends and neigh­bours, visit, watch the kids play and NOT HAVE TO COOK SUP­PER! Thank you to the Big Val­ley Inn and Fron­tier Gen­eral Store for their do­na­tions to­ward the BBQ and to Bill Smil­lie for his hard work.

The rain and wind put a kink into cel­e­bra­tions late Satur­day af­ter­noon but stopped in time for the fire­works. Thank you to McKen­zie Cross­ing Camp­ground for their gen­er­ous $500 do­na­tion this year. This meant we could do a big­ger and bet­ter show for Canada’s 150th. Thank you to Fron­tier Gen­eral Store for con­tin­u­ing to give us a dis­count on the fire­works and as al­ways, a big thank you to Mel and Jim for vol­un­teer­ing their time to light them all up.

There are so many more to thank– Friends of the Big Val­ley Li­brary and the Ag So­ci­ety for ar­rang­ing so many of the spe­cial events over the past week, the awe­some Pa­rade Mar­shall, the Coun­cil­lors for vol­un­teer­ing end­less hours to help with any­thing asked of them, and fi­nally to the Rails and Tales Com­mit­tee and Al­berta Prairie. Thank you for choos­ing our com­mu­nity to host your event this year. The ex­po­si­tion gave Big Val­ley one heck of a Canada 150 story to tell and brought us so many more visi­tors – and fighter jets – than we could not have brought here with­out all of us work­ing to­gether.

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