Rimbey 4-H students enjoy exchange trip to Richmond, Quebec recently. Photo submitted

Rimbey and Richmond, Quebec 4-H clubs participate in exchange program

Rimbey 4-H club travels to Richmond, Quebec

On June 29 the Rimbey 4-H club welcomed eight members and two chaperones from the Richmond, Quebec 4-H Club.

We met the exchange people and went with them to West Edmonton Mall.

Some of the highlights of the trip to Alberta consisted of two days in Banff touring the area, the Rimbey Rodeo and the Ponoka Stampede. Other highlights included a police dog training show in Innisfail, riding Doug Roger’s steer, Willie and touring Al Doich’s camel farm in Sylvan Lake. A friendly match re-enacting the Metis fur trade at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site and fishing at Open Creek were also highlights.

We also did a service project at Pas Ka Poo Park. We volunteered taking turns greeting visitors at the historical buildings and oversaw the bouncy castles.

The club did a lot of fundraisers so they could host the people from Richmond, Quebec and they had a lot of help from sponsors including Outlaw Electric, Jemco Feeds, CPS Bentley, Earl and Penny Giebelhaus, FCC and MNP.

The Rimbey 4-H Club thank the sponsors.

A special thank you to Doug Rogers for letting us all come see Willie, Al Doich for letting us go see his camels, Harold and Marion Dudenhoeffer for helping with the fishing at Open Creek, Cory Glenn for letting us work the jackpot rodeo concessions to raise money and everyone who donated their bottles to our bottle drive.

July 24 the Rimbey 4-H club went to Richmond, Quebec. We spent 10 days touring around Quebec, reuniting with our exchange twins and making lots of friends.

When we first arrived it was really late so we all went to our host family’s homes. The next day we went kayaking for three hours down a river in Richmond.

We also got to experience the different ways they farm in Quebec and even help some families with haying. We went to Quebec City for a day, saw Montmorency Falls, toured the Bombardier Museum and made sugar on snow at one of the sugar camps and got to learn how to tap a maple tree, toured a beef feedlot and attended their 4-H provincial rally for four days.

We all participated in either life skills or public speaking and got to watch all the members show their different animals.

The Rimbey 4-H Club did really well at life skills, public speaking and judging.

We judged some things we’ve never judged before like maple syrup, pickled beets and turkeys.

We went to Montreal on our last day and toured old ports and enjoyed some time at a trampoline park.

During our trip we even got to try poutine two or three times.

We made lots of new friends in Quebec.

Thanks to all the Rimbey 4-H parents and families that hosted and helped us fundraise for the exchange. Thank you to the chaperones Karen Jaffrey and Chris Simpson. We all had a great time.

The Rimbey 4-H Club will meet, Fri., Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Blindman Youth Action Centre. Come in the back!