More help needed for ag centre

Plans for the proposed Agrim Centre are moving along but more people need to come on board

Plans for the proposed Agrim Centre are moving along but more people need to come on board to turn the agricultural society’s dream into a reality.

“We are down to about five or six people doing all the work,” said Shirley Ingram, treasurer with the Rimbey Agricultural Society.

Ingram, who has been treasurer of the society for eight years, said everyone agrees the ag centre is needed but more volunteer help is crucial.

“It won’t get done on its own,” she noted.

Ingram encourages people who are willing to step up to the plate and commit their time and energy to the project to attend the society’s annual meeting Dec. 6 at the Rimbey Drop In Centre. Cocktails and supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. prior to the meeting.

Footings and groundwork for the building are expected to be completed this winter but getting the building to the lockup stage probably won’t happen in the spring as originally anticipated.

“It will be closer to fall,” Ingram said, adding the blueprints are now being drawn up and should be presented at the annual general meeting.

The project will be sent out to tender once the blueprints are finalized.

The multi-million dollar, multi-use centre is to be located in the infield of the rodeo grounds and is being constructed with a seating capacity of around 900. It is projected to bring in annual revenues of approximately $203,000 offset by operating expenses of $168,000.

Ponoka County has been a strong supporter of the project, donating $500,000 and completing dirt work at no cost.

Funding is also to come from the province and the ag society.