Byemoor Slo-Pitch Tournament a success

Wacky Wasdals take the championship

Big Valley Byemoor Endiang News Les and Rosemary Stulberg

Another Byemoor Slo-Pitch Tournament is in the history books and it was the Wasdal family team, the Wacky Wasdals, who took the championship by winning over the Upper Deckers in the A final of the 21-team tournament.

In the B event final it was the Alcobolics defeating the Half Sox for that title.

C event finals saw the Dad Bods and Drunk Broads team victorious over the Ball Busters team.

The number of teams was down this year, but that was attributed to so many conflicting events on the same weekend. However, the numbers attending the Kid’s Carnival and the dance were up, with about 300 hitting the dance floor on Saturday night.

The parade had a nice variety of entries and the youngsters along the parade route were generously treated with candy. The entry “I’d Rather be Fishing than Farming” of the Wallace / Benson family was named Best Overall Parade Entry, winning the prize donated by Les and Rosemary Stulberg.

Byemoor was a sea of RVs and holiday trailers as many of the ballplayers camped for the weekend. Craigmyle Historical Society capably handled the operation of the food booth for the tournament and the Byemoor and Endiang hall associations looked after the pancake breakfasts.

We appreciate all the organizers, volunteers, participants and spectators for making the event, put on by the Sullivan Lake West Agricultural Society, a success once again. Hope to see everyone again next year.

Congratulations to Matthew Tateson and Carly Andersen who were married on Aug. 18 at the home of the bride’s parents near Stettler.

Matt is the son of Arne and Karyn Tateson and the late Debbie Tateson from Endiang. We wish Matt and Carly all the best for a long and happy marriage.

Gail (nee Pattinson) Fourie from Vancouver, B.C. spent several weeks visiting with her sister Jean Curry on the Endiang home farm. Gail also got to catch up with many friends and former classmates during her stay before returning home.

Congratulations to Nash Dettmer, a member of the Olds Spitfire baseball team, who won the Western Canadian gold medal in pee wee baseball in Winnipeg last weekend. The Olds team was named the Alberta provincial champs before advancing to the Western Canadian finals.

Nash is the son of Ryan and Denny Dettmer, grandson of Lyle and Shannon Knowles and great-grandson of May Knowles and Lois Ballinger, all avid baseball fans.

Congratulations to first-time parents Kayla and Jerad Wood on the birth of their son Briar Maxwell Wood on Aug. 22 at the Red Deer hospital. Briar weighed in at nine pounds.

Congratulations also to the local grandparents Byron and Linda Wilkie and great-grandparents Clifford and Lynda Wilkie.

Happy 51st wedding anniversary to Clifford and Lynda Wilkie on Aug. 18. Best wishes to the Wilkies for many more happy years.

Happy 65th birthday to Gail (Pattinson) Fourie on Aug. 20. Enjoy those government cheques, Gail.

Happy 83rd birthday to Ken Schultz on Aug. 22. Best wishes for many more happy birthdays, Ken.

Big Valley arena was a hub of activity on Aug. 17-19 with the 15th annual Alberta FreeMo model train display bringing many visitors to town.

The event is one of the largest of its kind and set a North American record with a display of 1,896 feet of track that filled the arena.

Hosted by the Calgary FreeMo Club, the event attracted participants from across Canada as well as the U.S. Each participant contributed their own modules which included a variety of railway themes, each with intricate detail.

Big Valley Memorial Golf Tournament is coming up on Sept. 8. Registration is at 10 a.m. with tee-off time at 11 a.m. For more information contact Bob or Sue Boswell at 403-876-2031.

The village of Big Valley is working on Pump Track Park, which will contain an asphalt track for such things as skateboards, roller blades, scooters and bikes but nothing motorized.

Humorous quote of the day — “Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else.” Will Rogers

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