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MD of Bonnyville shows it support for Ag Society, 4-H

During an MD of Bonnyville council meeting on May 14, the Bonnyville Agricultural Society was approved for $19,804 to rent tents, prepare the ground for the tents, and purchase panels, for the upcoming 4-H District Show and Sale.
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BONNYVILLE - During an MD of Bonnyville council meeting on May 14, the Bonnyville Agricultural Society was approved for $19,804 to rent tents, prepare the ground for the tents, and purchase panels, for the 4-H District Show and Sale, which took place on May 31.

Ag society committee members Ruth Isley and Corey Dows presented the request at the council meeting and urged council members to consider joining the Bonnyville Ag Society as a non-voting member to offer representation and advice. 

Coun. Darcy Skarsen volunteered to take the position, which was readily accepted by the Ag Society. 

“We’re proud this year to bring back the District 4-H Beef Club Show and Sale. With the three clubs participating - probably 70 students and youth [are] all looking at agriculture as a part of their lifestyle and future,” said Isley. 

Council made it clear that the municipality supports the Ag Society and sees the 4-H program as an important part of developing the next generation of farmers. Council acknowledged the generosity of locals and local businesses that purchase livestock at the 4-H sales and spoke about how they value the program as a part of the community. 

“I think this shows support for the agricultural society and all that, but [also] for our little 4-H future leaders. You go to see these speaking events – these kids are amazing – how they speak – they're very intelligent and I think it’s a good way to support them and have a great facility,” says Councilor Don Slipchuk. 

Isley says the Cold Lake Ag society grounds have hosted the 4-H event in the past, offering an indoor location when the weather is not ideal. 

The Bonnyville Ag Society sees a tent rental as a way to better understand where a potential permanent structure might be best located on their grounds. Isley expressed the group’s desire to have a comfortable facility to host the 4-H show and sale on an ongoing basis. 

Ag society representative Corey Dows said, “this is just the start of what we want to do.” The Ag Society also has future plans for a riding arena, as well as a 4-H building. 

Isley spoke about how busy the Ag Society has been.  

“The grounds are very busy. We had rented them out 74 times last year... and that doesn't count our major events.” 

Dows added, “I’ve worked hard over the last few years – from taking it from one to two weekends the entire year, to using the grounds and the facility regularly on an ongoing basis. I’ve worked hard to keep using it, making sure it’s accessible for all.” 

Dows and Isley said the Ag Society is also working to create open communication and partnership with other ag societies. 




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