BIG VALLEY BULLETIN — Big Valley’s tourist season began right on time this past Saturday, May 13 with the arrival of the first Alberta Prairie train of the season at 4 p.m. Local volunteers in period costume lined up at the station to welcome our visitors. Though it was a bit chilly, the sun shone down on our guests as they strolled through the village snapping photos and checking out the sights before enjoying a great meal. After the long winter hibernation, it was fun to watch the whole village resuscitate, but before we knew it, that familiar whistle called an end to the visit. We’re all looking forward to the next visit.
Each year the Royal Canadian Legion invites students from across the country to create artwork, poetry and essays promoting Remembrance Day and honouring Canadian military heritage for their Annual Literary and Poster Contest. The Big Valley Legion will be presenting the local awards for the contest at the Big Valley School on Friday, May 19 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
The Big Valley 4-H Beef Club held a mock achievement day on Sunday, Apr. 30. Over 30 steers and heifers were brought in for this day of learning about judging, clipping, grooming and showmanship. The 26 members of the club have all been working hard on their projects and are eagerly looking forward to achievement day.
The Beef Club invites everyone to their show and sale at the Stettler Agriplex on Monday and Tuesday, May 22 and 23. The heifer show is on Monday beginning at 2 p.m. and the steer show starts Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. with the sale to follow at 7 p.m. that evening. Let’s support our local 4-H members.
Come on out to Big Valley for the annual Bust Out Rodeo on May 26 and 27. Rodeo action begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and 5 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.
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 a.m. with tee off at 10 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 out and join them.