The 2012 summer season was a great success. Area residents proudly brought their visitors to the elevator for a glimpse into Alberta’s agricultural past. From May until September 2012 over 3 500 visitors from around the world and Canada visited the Grain Elevator site, including Farmers’ Market and the Spruce Grove Archives; over 600 visited the Grain Elevator Museum to see the inner workings of this massive machine. Volunteers and society members worked tirelessly for the organization, contributing significantly to cultural and historical programs offered in this community, but our success depends greatly on the generous support of local residents, organizations and businesses. On behalf of The Spruce Grove & District Agricultural Society, I would like to extend a huge thank you for the generous support and participation at our summer fundraising events. We hope that along with you, we can make the Grain Elevator site an international tourist destination, cultural and historical centre.
May 14, 2012
The Grain Elevator renovations were completed. Due to generous donations and government grants, this $70 000 project was possible. Thank you to Blue Bronna Painting Ltd who did the renovations and painting of the Grain Elevator's exterior.
June 9, 2012
The Water Tower Plaque Unveiling Ceremony took place at 12:45 PM at the Grain Elevator Site. The Spruce Grove Fire Service Pipe Band played, followed by a giant birthday cake cutting ceremony for the Ag Society’s 40th Birthday.
July 21, 2012
Flap Jacks at the Tracks was held from 8:30 AM - 11 AM at the Grain Elevator Site. Over 400 hungry residents came for breakfast before continuing on their daily routines. Thank you to all who participated and attended, making this the most successful "Flap Jacks at the Tracks" event to date! The Ag Society raised more money than in previous years.
August 20, 2012
The Corn Roast and Kids Carnival was held at the Grain Elevator site. The Ag Society extends heartfelt gratitude to all that assisted towards the success of the event. We had over 1800 supporters that day. It was the most successful event held at the Grain Elevator site to date. There was great entertainment by Karen Claypool, Pam Drover, and Natalie with SLIP. The Ag Society greatly appreciates these artists enthusiasm in donating their time and talents to assist in making the Kids Carnival and Corn Roast that much better! There were pony rides, mini farm animals, face painting, a balloon artist, and a cow milking contest.
September 22, 2012
It was a fun-filled atmosphere at the Harvest Festival held at the Grain Elevator site from 9:30 AM- 2:30 PM. We were proud to celebrate our agricultural heritage and rich agricultural resources with this annual celebration. There was vintage farm machinery on display, a seed cleaning machine demonstration, tours at the Archives and Grain Elevator Museum, corn harvesting by the Spruce Grove Beavers, a hayride pulled by an old tractor, a cross saw competition, and potato sack races.
Our fundraising events were very successful. Over 2000 people came through our grounds. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us to help us raise money towards restoration of the water tower and paint the grain elevator. Special thanks to the McDonald's Restaurants, Liquor on McLeod, Spruce Grove Veterinary Clinic, Spruce Grove 4th Scouts, and members of the 4H group for donating money, time, and great spirit! Your contributions made our events successful.
June 9, 2011
A BIG thank you to Forget-Me-Not Greehouses, located on Highway 16A near Hubble Lake, for the donation of so many different flowers and plants to our Grain Elevator Site!
July 16, 2011
Our Pancake Breakfast was a success! We had over 300 visitors on the site and raised over $1000 to help us raise the water tower and paint the elevator!
August 16, 2011
Today Jay Vee Industries sandblasted and put a base coat of paint on the water tower. We were finally one step closer to having it up in the air!
August 11, 2011
The Grove Cruise was this weekend. We had our agricultural float in the parade.
August 20, 2011
Today was our Corn Roast and Kid's Carnival Fundraising Event! There were pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, carnival games, and more for the children to enjoy! Carnival was from 12-4, Corn Dinner started at 5.
September 24, 2011
From 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM, we held the annual Harvest Festival at the Grain Elevator Site. We had hay rides, harvest displays, old farm machinery demonstrations, and live musicians.
November 8, 2011
The historical and newly renovated Water Tower became a permanent fixture for the City of Spruce Grove at the Grain Elevator Site.