Benalto Ag Society looking forward to another good year

The outlook for Benalto Agricultural Society in 2014 is positive, according to Neal Arksey, who was re-elected president

The outlook for Benalto Agricultural Society in 2014 is positive, according to Neal Arksey, who was re-elected president during the society’s annual general meeting last Friday night.

About 20 people attended the meeting, which also saw Ken Vick and Craig Kentz returned as first vice president and second vice president, respectively.

A mixture of both new and familiar faces make up the society’s 14 directors — a group of people Arksey is excited about working with.

“We have some new people that came onto our board, (with) fresh, new ideas, which we always need,” he said. “We’re always open to that.”

The society’s financials were also approved at the meeting, and revealed little change from previous years.

Arksey said some money was made through Benalto Pro Rodeo — the society’s main event — but not much over last year.

“If we break even at it, we’re pretty happy,” he said.

Preparations for the 97th rodeo are already underway, with sponsorship packages currently being compiled and distributed.

The society sponsors and works alongside several groups and organizations in the area, including Shadow Riders 4-H Club and Medicine River Pony Club.

Club members who participate in work days help the society “tremendously”, according to Arksey.

“It’s a good core of people willing to chip in,” he said.

The society’s venues are becoming increasingly popular, and host a large variety of events, ranging from horse clinics to family reunions, he added.

“It’s getting busier and busier out here. We’re getting a little more well known.”

Camping stalls and other facilities have also proved popular in recent years, and have even attracted people visiting nearby places such as Sylvan Lake and Red Deer.

“We are definitely getting more bookings,” said Arksey. “Every weekend is getting pretty busy.”

Despite plenty of out-of-town visitors making use of facilities in Benalto, the society remains community-oriented, he added.

The distribution of up-to-date communications via means such as the society’s website allows members to increase awareness of the society beyond Benalto.

“People are becoming more aware of what we’re doing,” said Arksey.

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake pooches could soon see access to the lake

Town staff is investigating possible locations for dog access to the water

PHOTOS: Sylvan Lake bantam Lions fall at provincial semi-finals

The Lions faced the Edmotnon Mustangs in the semi-finals, Nov. 10

PHOTOS: Sylvan Lake PeeWee B Lakers win gold at home tournament

Both the PeeWee B and C Lakers hosted a home tournament, Nov. 9-11.

Sylvan Lake student reaches nationals in quiz competition

Annika Angelstad van Elmpt competed with Manitoba in the Pony Club National Quiz competition

PHOTOS: Sylvan Lakers shop at kcs fundraiser

The Seasons Givings market was held Nov. 10 as a fundrasier for kcs Association

First Nation marks ‘milestone’ land deal at Alberta ceremony

Lubicon Lake First Nation Chief Billy-Joe Laboucan signed treaty last month

Black Panther claw, Power Rangers blade among 2018’s ‘worst toys,’ safety group says

The World Against Toys Causing Harm organized announced its 46th annual list in Boston on Tuesday

UPDATE: Red Deer RCMP arrest man involved in fatal hit and run

RCMP flew to Nipawin, Sask. to arrest Tosh Vertraeten

What now for Calgary, Canada and Olympic Games after 2026 rejection?

Calgary, along with the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., made Canada a player in the international sport community

Naked man arrested for impaired driving

The man allegedly fled the scene of a collision wearing only a sheet. Plus other Ponoka RCMP briefs

Sex-misconduct survey excludes vulnerable military members: Survivors’ group

But It’s Just 700 says recent research has shown young military members and those on training are among those most at risk for sexual violence

Many child killers have been placed in Indigenous healing lodges according to stats

As of mid-September, there were 11 offenders in healing lodges who had been convicted of first- or second-degree murder of a minor

Expect no quick end to Canada-wide cannabis shortages, producers warn

Provinces including British Columbia, Alberta have all reported varying degrees of shortages

Canada Post strike having ‘critical’ impact on retailers, eBay tells PM

Canada Post says it is now facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments, largely as a result of strikes

Most Read