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Airdrie Agricultural Society celebrates 40 years in community

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  |  Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:43 am

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Forty years ago in 1974, ABBA and the Beach Boys played on the radio, the Price is Right kept people entertained on TV, and Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign. It was also the year one of Airdrie’s oldest organizations became incorporated. This was the Airdrie & District Agricultural Society (ADAS).

While it was recently discovered the society was around more than 100 years ago, there was a period of time where it was not operational and therefore needed to be incorporated again. This happened in 1974 when a group of eager volunteers wanted to once again bring forward a society centred on agriculture and sharing this way of life with the community.

During its 40 years, the society and its volunteers have accomplished a great deal, including constructing both the Plainsmen Arena and the Ron Ebbesen Arena and operating them for several years. The ADAS also donated the land for the Chinook Winds ball park. Every year they provide two scholarships to post-secondary students and they are strong supporters of various local 4-H clubs. These are just some examples of how the society has worked to help build the community.

Today, the ADAS’ vision is: The Airdrie district is a healthy, growing community where agriculture is respected, supported and understood. Events like the Fall Fair, Ranch Hand Competition and Art of the Harvest help to show the community our rich agricultural heritage and how it continues to play a part in the community.

To celebrate our anniversary, we will be serving cake at our September Art of the Harvest event, Sept. 27.

For more information on our history and events, visit our website at


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