MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - The Aggie Days Mountain View event planned for next month will highlight the importance and vitality of the region’s agriculture community and industry, says Mountain View County deputy reeve Greg Harris.
Running May 13-14, the first-ever event will take place at the Heritage Centre by Mountain View Events facility just east of Cremona.
It will feature displays by local and provincial agriculture and agri-business organizations, area farmers and ranchers, Olds College, the University of Calgary School of Veterinary Medicine, and others.
One of the displays will be on the many Century Farms in the county, he said.
“The focus of the whole thing is agriculture education and awareness,” said Harris. “Basically it is about educating people about what our farm and agriculture sector does for society, providing food and employment and trying to get people to seek career opportunities. Essentially it is a celebration of agriculture.”
Mountain View County is one of the co-sponsors of the event.
“May 13 will be entirely school tours, so students from schools across the county and the towns will be coming to view the exhibits and displays,” he said.
Events planned for May 13 include exhibitions and presentations from Mountain View County, Alberta Milk, Alberta Poultry/Eggs, Alberta Pork, Alberta Grain, Alberta Pulse Producers, and by 4-H Mountain View District Clubs.
Activities that day include exhibitor presentations, animal first aid, duck herding, canine agility, wagon rides, rope making, roping, and tail braiding.
May 14 will be open to the general public and will start off with a free pancake breakfast, he said.
Events planned for May 14 include Cowboy Trail Farmers Market, free community pancake breakfast, county music entertainment during the breakfast. Local 4-H member will be helping out at the breakfast.
Exhibits and presentations planned include by Alberta Innovation, Careers in Agriculture, Alberta Milk, Alberta Poultry/Eggs, Alberta Pork, Alberta Grain, Alberta Pulse Producers, and by 4-H Mountain View District Clubs.
Activities that day also include exhibitor presentations, animal first aid, duck herding, canine agility, wagon rides, rope making, roping, and tail braiding.
Among those in attendance will be local and area politicians, county staff, members of the county's agricultural service board, and many others, he said.
Harris say organizers hope to make Aggie Days Mountain View an annual event.
“We would like to see it become an annual event and maybe move around the county, take it to different areas across the county,” he said.
Organizers continue to seek sponsorships for the event. Anyone interested in sponsoring or looking for more information can contact Harris at 403-586-6267 or the Heritage Centre at 403-651-6090, he said.