About the Eaglesham & District Agricultural Society
The Eaglesham & District Agricultural Society
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The Eaglesham Fair: 51 years a legacy and changing with the times!
History of the Eaglesham Fair
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The Eaglesham fair has been a popular, annual Peace Country event for the last 51 years.
A magnet of family fun and entertainment that people in the Peace Country would look forward to each August, the fair boasted of non-stop fun. Starting with a grand parade the day would progress to encompass a bench show, games booth, Gymkhana and ball games.
Horse events, wild cow milking and visiting entertainers filled fun days between a Pancake Breakfast and delightful suppers.
What will happen to the Eaglesham Fair in 2014?
Times are changing, out of necessity and in an effort to serve the community and the Peace Region more effectively the Eaglesham Agricultural Society has elected to change the format of this event.
No, the fair is not disappearing forever, what you will see instead of a large two or three day event are several one day events spread throughout the summer. There will still be ball games and horse events and, of course, our annual July 1st. event. You will still see entertainment for children and families as well as some new and exciting venues to be announced.
The Eaglesham Ag Society is developing the campground at the Fairground as a group campsite. This will bring new people into the area and provide a travel destination that will benefit the community.
About the Eaglesham & Districts Agricultural Society
The Eaglesham Agricultural Society
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President………………………….Martine Piebiak - - 780-359-2448
Vice president……………………Vern Britton
Secretary ………………………Andrea Farrell - - 780-359-2709
Park Manager / Webeditor…Doug Greenfield - - 780-359-2121
Web Editor: ObscureMyEmail
What did we accomplish in 2013
EAGLESHAM AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
Community Service: We believe in serving our community to the best of our abilities.
Improvement: We believe in continual improvement of our organization.
Collaboration: we believe in collaborating with the community and with established community groups to reach shared goals.
Participation: We believe in asking others for help and sharing the load.
Communication: We believe sharing information creates more possibilities and better solutions.
Partnering with our community members and organizations to:
• Enhance quality of life in our rural community
• Strengthen unity and collaboration within community
• Cultivate leadership
• Support local youth
Eaglesham and District Agricultural Society acts to increase vibrancy and engagement in our agricultural community through communication, events and learning opportunities for all ages. Our rural area is a welcoming place to live and visit.
Usage & Impact:
In 2012 a gap in event communication was noted. At times it was hard to know what was going on in the community, people without children in school especially felt out of the loop. The Ag Society began to offer a two-page newsletter and community calendar to communicate our events and programs, as well as all other groups. Now know as the "Birch Bark News", we also feature a local business spotlight each month.
2014 has brought a major rework of Ag Society’s website – shifting it away from only meeting the communications needs of our organization, to meeting the communication needs of the greater Eaglesham community. The website is also meant to be an accurate and positive portrayal of life in this area, a source of community pride and information for those considering moving here or sending their children to participate in Outdoor Pursuits Exchange Program at our local school.
Expanded Activities and Programs
Our goal is to provide year round opportunities for community to gather. Attendance at our annual fair has varied from 400 – 800 people. In 2014 we decided to take a break from the traditional format of the fair and will host a series of summer celebrations instead. The first of these will take place on July 1st; our hope is to spread the volunteer workload differently, by providing more frequent smaller events. Home and Garden Club since its start, spring 2013, has hosted a total of 7 events with 158 participants. The Spring Scurry Walk/Run was another new event in May 2013 had 68 people participate in the first year. Plans are underway to host this event again.
Special Focus on Youth
Youth are the future of our community. The Ag Society reaches youth in different ways. We provide summer employment at the fairgrounds. In October 2013 we hosted a family safety carnival at the hall, with over 50 people in attendance. This June we will provide a day of ATV safety training for kids ages 6-16, it will feature hands on learning with size appropriate machines provided. Each participant will receive a properly fit helmet to take home. Our goal is to train at least 20 youth this year. Safety awareness and accident prevention can save lives, we are proud to provide these types of opportunities. In support of the new Outdoor Pursuits program at our school we have created a Community Service Bursary, which pays full tuition for two students living in Birch Hills County in exchange for a series of leadership/community service activities. This program gives the students a taste for event planning and execution at the community level.
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A big thank you to our faithful sponsors
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A Big Thank you to the following fine people and businesses who have donated $100 dollars or more. We couldn’t do this without you.
Eaglesham Royal Purple, Eaglesham, AB
D & L Steaming and Vacuum, Box 26, Eaglesham, AB
Ross Ag Ltd. Falher Alberta. 780-837-2267
Eagle '99 Parts and Service Corp., Eaglesham 780-359-2222
Mazurek Farms, Eaglesham
Martin Deerline 712 Main St. SE, Falher, Alberta 780-837-2267
|Devon Canada Corporation|
Barb and Ray Chandonnet, Eaglesham
Cliff, Linda & Nicholas Garrett, Eaglesham
Leonard Despins, Eaglesham
Dave and Brenda Yaremko, Tangent
Alfred and Shelly Vandeligt, Eaglesham
Maple Rock Farms Ltd., Eaglesham 780-359-2709 Box 120, Eaglesham, AB
Paradis Valley Honey, Watino Box 30, Watino, AB
Tangent Community Hall Society, Box 44, Tangent, AB
Edan Enterprizes Ltd., Box 149, Eaglesham, AB
Birch Hills County 780-694-3793 Box 157, Wanham, AB
Charrois Motor Products, High Prairie 877-630-2709, High Prairie, AB
Lakeside Golf and Country Club, 780-359-2025 Box 182, Eaglesham, AB
ATCO Electric, Box 2426, Edmonton, AB
Little Rock Enterprizes Inc. 780-359-3657 Box 224, Eaglesham, AB
15102 - 101 St., Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0P7
CD Rouleau Construction, Box 327, Eaglesham, AB
UFA Bulk Agent - Wanham Alberta 780-864-3944 Box 248, Wanham, AB
Rocky Man Equipment, for machine donation to the tractor pull
Martin Deerline, Falher, 780-837-2267 712 Main St SE, Falher, AB T0H 1M0 - for donation and supplying the pulling machine for the Tractor Pull
Wayne Wells Trucking, Wanham for donation and organizing the Tractor Pull
Crop Production Services for the Pancake Breakfast
Birch Meadows Hutterite Colony for supplying the pigs for the mini rodeo events
Shady Lane Hutterite Colony for supplying the sheep for mutton busting
Codesa Hutterite Colony for flowers.
All those who donated to our Spring Scurry in memory of Doreen Finlayson
Thank you to all those who helped organize, prepared food, and just volunteered to help out
Donations and support for the Community by the Eaglesham Ag Society in 2012
- Rubber Boot Gala
- County Community Beautification
- Junior Golf - $200 donation to year end meal
- Fund raising opportunities for community groups via the fair: 2013 Grad Class, WSRC, Catholic Church, Youth Group, etc
- $1000 donation to STARS
- Susan Walker Trust Fund
- School Greenhouse Building Project
- Fireworks at the WSRC New Year’s Eve Gala