Barbecue bash to benefit Agriplex

The upcoming 100 Mile Agriplex Society fundraiser is mounting up to be a barbecue bash.

The upcoming 100 Mile Agriplex Society fundraiser is mounting up to be a barbecue bash.

Agriplex society spokesperson Peter Reid says the event will also raise awareness of the importance of rescuing a key building for use by many clubs and for various ongoing events in the South Cariboo.

“Everyone can come and have a good time and get to meet and chat with others who will benefit from the arena.”

The Save the Stan Halcro Arena event will take place at 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 in the campground at The Hills Health Ranch. The menu features barbecue ribs, old-fashioned baked beans and salads, Reid explains.

Anyone who wants to bring their horse is welcome to use the trails he says, adding corrals are available if they wish to stay overnight.

Tickets are $25 per person and Reid notes all proceeds go towards renovating and repairing the arena to get it reopened.

In the past, the arena was a local hub of activity, Reid says, adding the facility could once again be used for shows, training and other events by local horse-riding and dog-training groups, 4-H, sporting groups, trade shows and fairs, and any other group that can benefit from the large indoor space.

“It’s not just for horses. For instance, the 100 Mile Dog Club ran a lot of training classes out of there.”

He adds the importance of encouraging equine enthusiasts is paramount to the long-term survival of the South Cariboo.

“There’s a fair amount of people who make their living with horses in this country. The economic impact of equines is huge.”

Many other user groups could also once again use the arena to promote and encourage the education and skills needed to sustain rural living, such as 4-H clubs, for shows and judging events.

Cash donations have been received from various organizations, Reid notes, including the Bighorn Bow Hunters Archery Club and the 100 Mile Dog Club, which provided $1,000 each to the cause.

Community sponsors, volunteers, and anyone who can help keep the fundraising rolling would be very much appreciated, he explains.

“Steve MacPhail of Tim Hortons is a good sponsor, and has been volunteering his time.”

Society members would also appreciate donations for a raffle currently that is being organized, Reid says.

Tickets to the Save the Stan Halcro Arena barbecue are available from Randy Brodoway at the Lazy-B Ranch at 250-395-5175.