The Blackfalds District Agricultural Society is a little known group doing a large amount of good in the community.
Since forming they have been active supporters of many programs and activities in town but need new members.
“You don’t have to have an agriculture background to join,” said member Wayne Tutty.
“We need younger people to step up to the plate,” said member Vic Schwieger.
Even though their main focus has been to promote agriculture and used to sponsor the Blackfalds Farmers’ Market as well as Camp Curious and Blindman Light Horse 4H, they also sponsor the Jim Hurley Family Free Skate, the petting zoo during Blackfalds Days and sponsored the Amphitheatre at the Abbey Centre. They provided seed money for the Blackfalds Field House Society that built the Abbey Centre, support the Alberta Farm Safety Program, bought trees for Iron Ridge Junior Campus and fund a speaker for the annual Blackfalds Volunteer Appreciation Night. The society also supports Lacombe Foundation, the Blackfalds Skating Club, Blackfalds Lacrosse, the Blackfalds Youth Optimist Club, the Boys and Girls Club and upgrades to the Blackfalds Multi-Plex. They also hold Grey Cup parties, dance and lobster suppers. They initially paid for the flower pots that graced Blackfalds’ main street. They started the Easter Bunny and Santa breakfasts, which the town eventually took over.
“We initiated a lot of projects,” said Tutty.
The society was created in Blackfalds in 1984 so they could get federal and provincial funding to help build the Blackfalds arena.
“It took a year or two to build,” said Tutty.
Building the arena started with a lot of volunteers, said Schwieger.
They hold casinos and other fundraisers on a regular basis and continue to put money into the Blackfalds Multi-Plex such as purchasing the kitchen equipment, tables, heating system, speakers and automatic doors.
The group meets every third Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Ag Society room of the Multi-Plex. Currently they have 25 members and it costs $1 to join.
“We meet and discuss a lot of requests for donations to different groups,” said Tutty. “We have a policy in place to determine how much to donate.”
Anyone interested in joining please contact Sherri at the Blackfalds District Agricultural Society at 403-350-0782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Blackfalds&DistrictAgriculturalSociety or go to their website at www.blackfaldsagsociety.com
– Lisa Joy/Blackfalds LIFE