Innisfree Farmer’s Day
Approximately 200 people gathered at the Innisfree Recreation Centre to celebrate Farmer’s Day.
Enjoying supper and entertainment, Ag Society member Carmen Nott, said the event began in years past with a Ranfurly Steak Supper after Minburn County councillors felt it needed to be celebrated.
“Years ago the province used to celebrate and it was a day off school. What a great opportunity this is to bring people together. In 2017, the second Friday in June was declared Farmer’s Day in Minburn County. Ag Societies in Mannville, Minburn, Ranfurly, Innisfree, and Vegreville all take part sharing volunteers and alternate hosting,” said Deputy Reeve, Tara Kuzio. “Our municipality is mostly agricultural land. Agriculture runs our economy right across the province. Farmers feed the world; it is the most important job in the world. It is a hard life; we’re all here to celebrate, but we’re all praying for rain.”
Noting the good years and the tough years, Kuzio said she grew up on a ranch and after working for grain companies along the way, she and her husband operate a purebred Simmental business in Ranfurly. She figures rural is a great place to live and raise your family.
“A celebration like this is a time of connection; knowing your next door neighbours and supporting one another,” said Kuzio.
Minburn Ag Society will be the host of next year’s Farmer’s Day celebration.