The Agrim Centre, an extremely popular facility in Rimbey, could soon be the chosen venue for Small Town Saturday Night concert with Gord Bramford.
The Agrim Centre is a state of the art multi-purpose facility with a 130’ x 185’ riding area.
Unfortunately, although the community has been most generous and supportive of the multi million dollars structure more dollars are needed to finish the kitchen and bathrooms downstairs.
President Ken Whitelock attended a council meeting Monday to put in a bid for concession equipment of $94,456.
He noted that last year the facility last brought more than 15,000 users to the community.
“We’re solidly booked until the end of June and we’ve pretty much doubled what was brought in last year.”
Whitelock explained that the Ag Society wants to be pro active in the event Rimbey is selected as the winner of Small Town Saturday Night.
“Our new facility has, and will continue to add value to our community bringing in people from all provinces and states to the Town of Rimbey and contributing to our community in various ways. Helping us move closer to completing our facility will bring in larger users and even more events,” he said.
The exterior of the building which is now completed includes many innovative green building technologies which save on operating costs. The environmental footprint, includes a rainwater capture system, thermally efficient roof and wall systems and solar shading devices.
Located on the Rimbey Agricultural Grounds, the grim hosts a multitude of programs and events throughout the year as well as providing space for a community organizations to run activities and events.
Events such as 4-H competitions, high school and college rodeos, horse/bull sales, ranch rodeos, fairs, gymkhana, trade shows, dog agility barrel racing and mounted shooting are some of the events held at the centre.
The rough stock practice night on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. attracts cowboys from far and wide and has proved to be a very popular event.
Tim Edge, interim manager at the Agrim Centre said the society is extremely proud of the facility.
“We are proud of the facility and proud of the community for supporting us. The government funding has dried up, however, and we are continuing to fundraise.”
Edge noted the society is still looking for a title sponsor who would be willing to pay to have their name on the building.
Sponsors for signage are coming in, but more signage is available.
Anyone interested in booking the Agrim Centre can call 403-704-9283. Updates are also available on Facebook.