BOWDEN — The Bowden & District Agricultural Society is receiving $63,205 from the province for upgrades to its facilities.
In total, grants totalling $2.5 million, distributed among 34 agricultural societies were recently announced by the provincial government.
“Payments are currently being distributed and should be received within the next few weeks,” Agriculture & Irrigation press secretary Ashley Stevenson wrote in an email.
During an interview with the Albertan, Bowden & District Agricultural Society president Keith Bailey said he had not yet seen the money but he’s grateful for it.
“It's going to help our rodeo grounds for sure,” he said.
Bailey said the plan is to use the money to renovate a rodeo grounds building, get rid of an old abandoned house and create some green space.
Bailey was asked if that work will be done in time for the society’s annual Bowden Daze rodeo.
“Yeah, it will, should be,” he said. “The plan is to have everything ready, barring some unfortunate circumstances or something.”
“With these funds, ag societies across Alberta will be able to expand programs and keep their spaces safe, modern and accessible,” said Agriculture and Irrigation Minister RJ Sigurdson.
“These facilities play an essential role in rural communities, offering residents and visitors opportunities to gather, build connections and engage with their neighbours.”