There are some exciting things that are coming back and new things that are happening at the Strathmore Ag grounds this summer.

General Manager of the Strathmore and District Agricultural Society Ryan Schmidt says they have a lot of exciting things coming up and some of them have already started.

"Some of the big events we've got going on this summer is our Father's Day beer and BBQ, which we have back for its second year on June 18, we've got the high school rodeo coming up this weekend, in fact. So that's Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, and the public is welcome to come for free, Then, of course, June 24, we have our Cowboy Town concert."

This will be the second concert in its series that will be featuring Brett Kissel. Brandon Lorenzo is opening and there will be the Drew Gregory after-party. 

Schmidt mentions that on June 1 the horseshoe pits will be officially opening for the first time. "We invite schools to contact us to set up the times to come and have the kids pitch. There is a seniors' day where the seniors especially can come in and we've also got league nights happening. So that's an exciting thing at the grounds."  

The double S barrel racing series has already started. If you are interested in competing at the ground in barrel racing, contact double S.

"July 14 to 16 is our Senior Pro rodeo, and rodeo school is running August 14 to 18. We've still got some spots open for that, so if you're interested in learning Rodeo, then please contact the office."

A medieval fair is coming to Strathmore this year, it will be on August 18 to 20. Then of course the Strathmore Stampede will run August long weekend from the 4 to 7. 

The Strathmore and District Agricultural Society have partnered with Global Fest for their fireworks this year. "I think you're going to see some very talented and amazing fireworks shows at our various events this summer. So come on out and enjoy those fireworks."  

Schmidt says one thing you hear people say in Strathmore is that there is nothing to do and that they have to go somewhere else to do some activities. He hopes the Ag Society can help fix that problem.

"By adding the horseshoe pits we are adding one more thing to your Calandar for date night, bring the kids, bring grandma and grandpa. There are things to do at Strathmore and a lot of them happen at the grounds."

The Strathmore and District Agricultural Society have been around for 50 years and would like to reach 50 more, so bringing in new faces is an important part of what they want to do as well.

"You don't need to be a farmer or rancher to help out at the Ag Society. We've got tons of events that we need help for, and it's a way to contribute to the community... nothing feels better than spending an evening or a day on the weekend making it possible for families and friends and neighbors to get together. When you volunteer, you make new friends, you have a lot of fun, you end up with a smile on your face and you're going to enjoy doing it. It's also a great way to get outside as well."

Having been the general manager for several years, Schmidt can personally back up his own claims of how great it is to help out on the Ag Society, and really enjoys the work he does.

"I just love working in my own town. I live on a farm that is just outside of town, my kids go to school here, our friends are here... to be able to work with the community, the familiarity of seeing the same people and building those relationships, that really is what makes my heart sing about working at the Ag society. I can't possibly think of a better job."

If you are interested in volunteering at the Ag grounds the best way to get in touch with somebody is by calling the office at 403-934-5811 and they will help you out. 

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