Castor Ag Society: Year in review

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Castor & District Agricultural Society has had a very busy 2016.
Farmer’s Market held 10 markets from March to December and an average fed 120 people.  Santa attended the market Dec. 1 with goody bags for the children. Farmer’s Market is looking for someone to organize the noon lunches.
The next market will be March 2, 2017. Kelsey Seth is the manager.
A fresh coat of paint was put on the interior walls in the hall in April, funded by the Ag Society.
In May wainscoting, a fiberglass reinforced plastic, was put on the lower interior hall walls to help prevent further damage from chairs and tables, also funded by the Ag Society through a grant from Paintearth Waste Community Fund.
The rodeo was held June 24 – 25 and was well attended despite the weather.
In 2017, the rodeo will be celebrating 40 years and will be a one-day rodeo held on Fri., June 23.
The Fair was held Aug. 11 – 13 with 140 people attending the supper on Friday evening. The Ag Society put on a free pancake breakfast for 140.
The Fair in 2017 will be held Aug. 11 – 12 and is in need of volunteers and more entries.  In 2017 the fair will be a day and a half with entries Friday morning and the Fair ending noon on Saturday.
In September the organization awarded nine $500 scholarships to graduates and apprenticeship students.
The Hall Management Committee purchased a sea can in November for extra storage which is located west of the hall by meeting room #3.
There have also been problems during 2016 with the hall ice machine, furnace, air-conditioning and hot water tank, probably caused by a lightning strike during the summer.
The hall is being used for the Castor Fitness Centre.
Brianna Madge is the new treasurer for the Hall Management Committee.
In December the society purchased 100 new chairs.  Thanks to the Castor Lions Club for their $5,000 donation and to the Castor Elks for their $1,000 donation.
Our Ag Society has donated to the Farm Safety Centre, Halkirk/Stettler High School Rodeo, a Hunter Training Program and Regional 4-H Fun Days.
We held a non-event fundraiser in the spring and raised $3405.  The raffle fundraiser was drawn for Dec. 1 at the Farmer’s Market with Jeff Ensign of Castor winning the first prize, a quad; second prize, an Egg Barbecue and $1500 meat package was one by Dallas Priddell of Consort; and third prize, $1,000 cash was won by Nick Jenkins of Halkirk.
Look us up on our Facebook page which Elizabeth Weber manages.
A very special thank you to our many projects and meetings, etc. put on by the Castor & District Ag Society.
During the year the Castor & District Ag Society made debenture payments on the Castor Community Hall in the amount of $22,403 and have $169,132 left owing.
Donations can be made to the Castor & District Agricultural Society, Box 1002, Castor, Ab. T0C 0X0. A tax deductible receipt will be issued for your donation.
Our annual meeting was held Jan. 5 with a volunteer appreciation supper.
Elections were held with the following board members: president – Tony Nichols; vice-president – Gary Dunkle, treasurer – Larry Weber, secretary – Marilyn Norton.
Other board members are Walter and Helen Pickles, Don Sisson, Lyle and Elizabeth Weber, David Weber, Randall Muhlbeier, Dennis Filipenko, Paul and Sharon Wiart, Halley Spady, Walter Weber, Connie Gibson, Lisa Bagshaw, Henry Michielsen, Doug Zimmerman, Steve Madge and Kelsey Weth.
Happy New Year and all the best in 2017.

by Helen Pickles

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