There is a lot going on in the next few days in Raymond: Harlan Taylor Run, Raymond Parade, Western Canadian Motocross Amateur Nationals, a softball tournament, a pancake breakfast and the famous Raymond Stampede. Since I've got family ties to Raymond, I've been to almost every July 1st parade in Raymond for the last ahem...37 years.
A little over a year ago, I was hired by the Town of Raymond to freshen up their image library in anticipation of tourist publications and their new websites: 10thingsraymond.ca and raymondrecreation.ca. To say that Raymond is an active community is a bit of an understatement. Over the past year, I've been impressed at the community involvement at all the different athletic, cultural and community events.
While shooting last year's Annual Western Canadian Amateur National Motocross Championships, I couldn't believe how far kids can fly on dirt bikes and still land safely. It was impressive. Even the little tykes would rip fearlessly around the junior track as their parents egged them on. The main track is huge, so big in fact that the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club actually uses it as their base of operations. During the Amateur Nationals, so many riders and their families descend on the Temple Hill area that the scene might be mistaken for an RV village. Families come from all over to support and compete.