The final meeting for the 2011 STARS ride was held Tuesday evening in the Agriplex with a full attendance of members.
Plans are finalized for the ride coming up Sunday, August 7 beginning with a pancake breakfast cooked up by the local Fire Dept. The pancakes are usually ready by 8 a.m. Volunteers from STARS office in Calgary arrive with their van load of souvenirs for purchase throughout the day. The 20th anniversary t-shirts have now all been colored and will be offered for sale. The poker rally will be in full swing so be sure to get your winning hand. The Richmond family will be selling tickets on the beautiful quilt that Joanne makes in memory of her grandmother Stella, who made the quilt for the raffle for many years, until she was in her nineties. With the quilt draw, the second prize is a $200 gift certificate from IGA in Drumheller, third draw is steam train tickets for two, and the fourth draw is for a gift certificate from Sears in Drumheller, Mark Notland. There is a prize for the oldest rider and the youngest rider. The person turning in the highest amount of pledges will receive an engraved belt buckle donated by the Rumsey Ag. Society, second highest is a gift from STARS, third prize is a set of handmade pommel bags made by Ernie Goddard. That is in the senior section. In the junior class, the highest pledge winner receives a belt buckle donated by Kanyon View Ranch, second prize is from Heavy Metals, and third from the Yale Hotel, Trochu.
The trail rides go out at the same time from different locations. Both will leave at 10 a.m., one from the base camp area and it will travel north up along the river while the other ride will be leaving from the barn location and will travel west up the old river road and is best for the more inexperienced horse and rider. When all the riders have returned, there will be a presentation of the prizes and the winners of the poker hands and the quilt raffle winners. During the day, there will be a silent auction with many articles for offer to the highest bidder. You need not be a rider to come out and enjoy the day and support this popular fundraiser.
The STARS helicopter is scheduled to arrive on site and the pilot and his daughter plan to go on the ride. If you have not already been asked to sponsor one of the riders, do come to the ride on Sunday and support the event in that way. The goal this year is to make it to the half million dollar mark as this is the 22nd ride for STARS, which gives us the honor of being the longest running fundraiser for STARS. If this goal is met, the Rumsey Ag. Society logo will be raised to a higher position on the tail tips of all the helicopters in Alberta.
Thursday, Helen Steen and her family and friends were host to a group of residents from St. Mary’s Health Care Center in Trochu. They came to the Steen farm to view the beautiful grounds and have a picnic. All enjoyed the time in the beautiful surroundings at the farm.