Poker rally plays with full deck of rides, fun

At the snowmobiling poker rally last Saturday, the Ag Society handed out 486 hands to 130 riders

At the snowmobiling poker rally last Saturday, the Ag Society handed out 486 hands to 130 riders, some from as far away as Sparwood, B.C.

The Steen family really enjoyed the opportunity to come home to the farm and ride in the poker rally. Helen said most of her huge family was able to make it home for the weekend and her house was bursting at the seams once again, just the way she loves it to be.

The winner of the 50/50 pot was Kim Stawnichy from Oyen with a prize of $607. Second went to Carbon’s Kelly Steen, who won $365. Third place went to Brighton Watts of Rumsey.

It was a beautiful day for a ride. Plenty of fun was had by all the riders.

Don’t forget about John Griffith celebrating his 80th birthday on Sunday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. John and Laura will be hosting at their home at 190-3 Ave., Keystone Towers, in Drumheller.

Kids from our community have been busy. School curling zones are this weekend in Drumheller. Morrin school is the host. Kids to watch include Evan Hampton, Brittany Cawiezel, Robert Sinclair, Katie Primrose, Bradley Nelson, Matt McNaughton, Garrett Holowath and Marcus Herd.

The Morrin school basketball girls’ team did well this season, with 13 wins and no losses in regular play, along with three tournament championships in their pocket. Our Rumsey girls who were involved were Shellbi Courturier, Kati and Shelby Primrose. They will be going to Rolling Hills for their zone competition.

The junior high boys’ basketball zones will be in Carbon on March 1 and 2, and Bryce Kopjar will be our local boy on that team. Junior high girls’ basketball home tournament will be this weekend in Morrin, with eight teams.

Katie Primrose had an exciting time skipping for the team of Betty Primrose, Brittany Cawiezel and Marj Kiemele in the Drumheller women’s bonspiel. They walked away with third in the first event.

The Rumsey women’s bonspiel is well underway. On Thursday night, the cooks will be preparing the Oyster supper. There is always the option of a delicious steak, too.

Next up in the curling news is the mixed doubles weekend, starting Feb. 22. The organizers have usually concluded this event on Saturday, but it could continue onto Sunday this year. Contact Brooks and Jackie Watts at 403-368-2357.

The 4-H Beef Club will host its speak-off night on Feb. 12 at 7 o’clock. It’s sure to be an interesting evening, as our local children present their best vocal talents.

One of our newest members to our community has an interesting hobby. Bob Braaksma is a radio DJ for Rumsey Retro radio station — 1580 on the AM dial. It’s a radio station that Bob and three of his friends have created because of their interest in old-time radio.