December 12, 2017
The Annual General Meeting of the Strathmore and District Agricultural Society was held December 12, 2017 at the Civic Centre in Strathmore, Alberta.
Officers confirmed for the 2017-2018 year are Cara Burne, President; Steve Farran, Vice President; and Sheila Crispin, Secretary-Treasurer.
Re-elected to terms on the Board of Directors are incumbents Dennis McNeill, Brenda Knight, Steve Farran and Lorne Lausen.
Also elected to the Board of Directors is Stephane Leblanc.
Rounding out the Board of Directors are Lois Wegener, Shelley Ingram, Don Geiger, Carolyn Johnson, and Brad Walls.
“We are extremely pleased with the turn-out of members to the AGM”, says Cara Burne, President of the Strathmore & District Agricultural Society. “It is in part a reflection of the importance of the Society in the Community, and of our collaboration with many, many partners - and of the membership taking an interest in the affairs of the Society”. “More than one hundred members attended the AGM this year”, adds Burne.
The Society experienced a successful financial year in 2017 – reporting a $105,000 operational surplus on revenues of $1.942Million. The gross revenues of the organization are the highest in ten years with one exception (2012). Major revenue categories include pro rodeo/pro chuckwagon admissions, campground, sales of food and beverage, sponsorship and facility-rentals.
“We are extremely gratified by the response of the community to our events on-park”, says Herb McLane, SDAS General Manager. “Partnerships, too, are so very, very important. Groups such as the Strathmore & Cheadle Lions Clubs, Blackfoot Warrior Horsemanship Film Society, High School Rodeo, Wheatland Quilters, Air Cadets, Scouts, Christmas Hamper Society (the largest in Canada), Minor Baseball, and many more, are important in adding value to the organizations involved and to the Community more generally. We strive to ensure that the experiences enjoyed by folks while here are exceptional. We celebrate these values with everyone involved.”
“Many of our events are labor and often capital-intensive; events such as the Strathmore Stampede, that is also weather and economy-dependent. We are always mindful of the need to control our costs”, says McLane, “and we constantly strive to do that, too.”
There will be a number of events returning to SDAS in 2018 such as pro rodeo and wagon racing on August Long Weekend, barrel racing and other equine events, minor ball and slo-pitch. SDAS will also be undertaking the completion of the Link between the Remuda Centre and the LP in 2018. This will add much-needed space to SDAS and the Community.
Herb McLane, General Manager
Cool stuff at the Heritage Arena!!
OPENS AT 11AM EVERYDAY OF THE STAMPEDE
Josh Casey is a juggler and comedian with a penchant for the ridiculous. Over the past 20 years Josh has traveled the country with his interactive comedy and juggling show, performing for all kinds of events.
Josh will be performing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7pm, and Monday at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
This is without a doubt something you should have at your event year after year. A tradition that kids and families look forward to. There is nothing funnier than seeing a kid pulling with all their might to the roar of the crowd.
Consider a combo with either the MAGIC BEAN Agriculture Magic show, OR ALL ABOUT SCIENCE. With both their own unique mobile stage design the abilty to not only transport both shows but as well have the performer host both shows reduces your costs on travel and hotel
Kids Tractor pull will be taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, 4pm, and 6:30pm and on Monday at 1pm and 4pm.
MUTTON BUSTIN' REGISTRATION INFO
2017 Registration opens July 17, at 9am. Registration is in office/in person only. Please line up outside of the office, each registrant will be called into the office one at a time. There are 30 spots available, 10 each on Fri, Sat and Sun during the Rodeo performances. There is no cost associated with registration. Children aged 4 to 6 at time of Stampede (birth dates between August 4, 2011 and August 4, 2013) are eligible and you must bring a copy of each child's birth certificate or passport at the time of registration. Guardian signature is required on form. Registration is first come first serve based on completed paperwork, no spots will be held. Contestants must wear safety-approved helmets, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed toed shoes. Gloves are recommended.
Mutton Bustin' occurs as part of the Rodeo performance and is not considered a singular event, full ticket price must be paid. For contestants of the Mutton Bustin', two rush tickets are given per performance: one to the contestant and one to the guardian specified on the child's application form. For questions and inquiries please call 403-934-5811 or email email@example.com.
AGRICULTURE AND RODEO THEMED, EACH "LITTLE BUCKAROOS" PERFORMANCE STARS UP TO 15 KIDS WHO ARE SELECTED
FROM THE AUDIENCE BEFORE THE SHOW BEGINS; ANYONE IS WELCOME TO BE A PART OF THE SHOW!
KIDS ARE PROVIDED WITH THE CUTEST LITTLE ANIMAL COSTUMES AND ARE UP ON THEIR FEET SINGING AND DANCING THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE. THEY ARE EACH GIVEN A CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR OWN TIME TO SHINE WITH A SOLO IN THE MICROPHONE! AT THE END OF THE SHOW THEY ARE ALL GIVEN A PRIZE TO TAKE HOME AND REMEMBER THEIR EXPERIENCE
LITTLE BUCKAROOS WILL BE ON OUR HERITAGE STAGE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 12PM AND 6:30PM. AS WELL AS SUNDAY AT 12PM AND 7PM AND MONDAY AT 12PM.