It was lovely to see the weather cooperate last Saturday for the 2016 Diamond Valley Parade and Discovery Days – with blue skies, the sun shining and thousands of smiling faces.
The Parade in Black Diamond attracted an audience of over 4,000 and was a spectacular hit once again. From the colourful Mounties to the Longview Youth and everything in between; residents and visitors clapped, waved, cheered and whistled as the many diverse entries passed. Kids scrambled for the much-coveted candy and they weren’t disappointed! There were several breakfasts, barbeques and hot dog sales held to raise money in support of local organizations. All were well attended and successful. Many local businesses offered specials, sidewalk sales and discounts which enhanced the “Small Town, Big Dreams” theme of this year’s Parade and music could be heard from every nook and cranny. Putting it all together was no small feat and the festive atmosphere delighted residents and visitors like.
Well done Black Diamond – you put us on the map again!
“A huge thank you to all the Foothills Lions members who helped with the Duck Derby at the Town parking lot and the Barbecue at Windridge Construction parking lot. We were very pleased to place 1st in the Community Organization competition and would like to send a special thank you to Janice Galarneau for her creative abilities and artistic talent in getting the float decorated and to all the members who helped to make it happen,” said Diane Bray, President Foothills Lions Club. The winners of the Duck Derby were Gerald McInnis of South Calgary and Don Grose of Turner Valley, each received $1,000.
Over in Turner Valley things were bustling with activities galore at the Millennium Park with the main Discovery Days activities. Bouncy houses and a rock climbing wall kept the kids entertained for the afternoon. Shirley Mundell’s petting zoo was a hit attraction as always, such incredibly cute little critters being doted on. Thank you to all the hard work of the merchants for setting up their booths and giving residents and visitors alike the chance to browse and shop unique, handcrafted products including various forms of artwork, jewellery, soaps, apparel, foods and more. Music, conversation and laughter filled the air and it was wonderful to see such a great show of community. And thank you to all the staff and volunteers of both towns who were integral to making it all happen, and happen well!
Jodie Sieben was enthusiastic over the Ball Hockey Tournament saying, “Overall the day went great!! A hurdle year for sure…all in all we raised approx $3200.00 to give to the school. The kids had fun, we had fun and the event went pretty great and the school has some more cash for their park!”
Shanda Bouchard, Manager of the Royal Bank in Turner Valley said, “Our RBC Annual Charity BBQ was a huge success on Friday and raised $450 for the Red Cross to support Fort McMurray”.
The annual Rhubarb Festival and Quilt Show took place once again this year in Turner Valley, following the parade. There were tasty treats at the tea starting off with the Rhubarb Punch. The ladies served tea and coffee with a choice of rhubarb pie or rhubarb crunch. It’s always nice to sit down and enjoy the wonderful baking and some good company too! The Valley Neighbours Club plant sale was another success. There was a real variety from fruits and veggies to flowers, as well as shrubs and trees. The quilts were magnificent once again! How do you choose a favourite? Visitors were given a slip of paper to choose one in each of the categories: large and small quilts (there were prizes for the peoples’ choice winners!). First place in the large quilt division went to Nancy Neufeld with second going to Sue Knowler. In the small quilt division, first place was won by Gail Briggs with second going to Nancy Neufeld. Congratulations ladies!
The Diamond Valley quilters spent part of this past year making charity quilts for Rowan House at the same time they were learning new techniques. 10 quilts, that were on display, were donated to Rowan House following on Saturday. Two of the quilts were group projects and the others were individually made by our members. Member Nancy Neufeld donated quite a few of the quilts herself. ~ Tracey Walshaw.
Be sure to mark your calendars for next year for the first weekend in June. Like a good wine, this is an annual community event that keeps getting better with time!
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