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Come to Big Valley this weekend and discover Métis history and culture

From Aug. 4 to 6, Big Valley will be hosting the 14th annual Hivernant Métis Days.

Linda Stillinger

Big Valley Bulletin

Come on out to Big Valley this next long weekend to enjoy some great music and entertainment, games and contests, delicious food and plenty of fun as we host the 14th annual Hivernant Métis Days from Aug. 4 to 6. Organized by the Hivernant Métis Cultural Society, this annual three-day family event is a great opportunity to discover Métis history and culture. Weekend activities include traditional dancing, storytelling, music, Voyager games and so much more. Check out the trapper’s camp and teepees, visit vendors offering traditional crafts, take a horse drawn Red River Cart ride, or try your hand at various crafts, drum making, or fiddle lessons. The weekend will include a church service, a talent contest and a supper and dance. For more information contact Marlene Lanz at (403) 815-6720 or 1-800-267-5844, visit the website at www.hivernantmetisculturesociety.net or email mlanz@shaw.ca.

The 14th annual Alberta Free-Mo model train extravaganza is coming to the Big Valley Agriplex on the weekend of Aug. 19 and 20. This event, organized by the Calgary Free-Mo Club was, in 2007, the largest of its type in North America and has been a remarkable event ever since. Each year model train enthusiasts create and operate more than 350 feet of bench work, with meticulously detailed scenery alternating between prairie scenes, mountain vistas and cityscapes, and covering almost the entire surface of the Big Valley arena. Mark your calendars and come on out to Big Valley to check out this extraordinary family friendly event.

August birthday wishes go out to: Brice Burnstad – 1, Kelly Armstrong – 3, Phyllis Garrison – 5, Nora Saar – 5, Shirley Vols – 6, Brooklyn Slootweg – 6, Joanne Bartley – 7, Kathy Evans – 8, Donna Clark – 9, Dorothy Annable – 9, Tess Thurston – 9, Wayne Skocdopole – 10, Bill Smillie – 13, Marie Gridley – 14, Luke Skocdopole – 15, Taylor Baird – 15, Connie Watts – 15, Cheryl Elines – 16, Val Erickson – 16, Winnie Stewart – 17, Vi Milton – 18, Rick Stewart – 18, Grace McMullin – 20, Cerwin Annable – 20, Wayne Brenchley – 21, Wayne Saar – 21, Sam Thurston – 22, Ainsleigh Lucki – 23, Edgar Siegrist – 24, Don Emblau – 24, Dorothy Dressler – 25, Deagan Lucki – 27, Cindy Torp – 27, Wayne Fraser – 28, Zachary Duncan – 28, Cheryl VanHaga – 29 and Mel Dodds – 31.

Happy anniversary to: Harvey and Judy Christensen – 3, Dale and Rebecca Johnston – 5, David and Debra Johnston – 6, Gerrit and Terry Visser – 8, Bill and Verna Kirtley – 12, Brent and Cindy Mailer – 17, Dan and Jenny Houle – 19, Mel and Lois Miller – 23 and Terry and Janel Annable – 24.

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