Verdant Valley Ag Society received two marketing awards from the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies for the Draft Horse competition held last August. Accepting the awards were, from the left, Elson and Pat McDougald and Diana and Lyle Rowe. ECA Review/Submitted
Verdant Valley Ag Society received two marketing awards at the “Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies” (AAAS) Provincial Conference in Edmonton, Feb. 3 to 5, 2017.
Verdant Valley Community Centre is located 15 km. east of Drumheller on Hwy 576.
There were 20 award categories in all. This is the first year that the local Ag Society has entered the marketing competition at the AAAS Annual Conference.
Verdant Valley was recognized with a first place in the New Program or Event for their Draft Horse Competition that was held on Aug. 13, 2016. The purpose of this category is to illustrate new, unproven or innovative projects, educational programs, events, agricultural shows, etc. that are produced or co-produced by the Agricultural Society.
The category was for attendance/participants over 100 people and under 350 people.
The second first place award Verdant Valley received was in the event/organization photo collage depicting the 2016 Draft Horse Competition.
The purpose of this category is to show an informative, interesting, or unique display of pictures from the Agricultural Societies events and organization.
All entries in this category were judged as one class.
The first ever competition had teams of horses and riders competing in three different challenges using farm implements in succession: a stoneboat pull, log pull and wagon driving which saw riders competing for the quickest completion times as they maneuvered their two horses through a mud arena at the Verdant Valley Community Centre.
The day also included displays of antique autos and machinery, bouncy houses for the children as well as other displays and exhibits.
The second annual Draft Horse Competition is planned for Sat. July 29.