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The Spruce Grove And District Agricultural Society

The Ag Society, a group of dedicated volunteer members, has been instrumental in contributing to the community, beginning with the construction of the Spruce Grove "Agrena" in 1972 (now a hockey and curling rink) and subsequently hosting an annual Agra Fair for 25 years. This event grew to become Western Canada’s largest Agricultural Fair.  In 1995, Honorary Lifetime Member and one of the Founding Fathers of the Society, George Sewell had the vision to save the last surviving Grain Elevator in Spruce Grove from demolition (there had been three on-site originally) a project the Society embraced with enthusiasm. They saw it as an opportunity to showcase the Agricultural roots of Spruce Grove and the heritage of the area by turning it into a tourist destination.

The 1958 Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator,  the last remaining wooden elevator to be seen traveling west on Highway 16A to the Pacific Coast, is preserved in full working condition. More than 1800 wooden grain elevators dotted the Alberta landscape at one time. Now it is closer to 100.

Several years later, the Ag. Society, with the outstanding outpouring of support, both financial and otherwise, from local business, sponsors, volunteers, and members, rescued the Old Town Water Tower from a nearby Farmer's Field, had it fully restored and erected at the Grain elevator site on a brand new set of legs!

Since that time, the Grain Elevator site has become a very busy venue hosting "old fashioned" carnivals and fairs, specifically tailored towards children, adults, and families. Each year, thousands of visitors from Canada and around the world stop by to visit the Grain Elevator Museum, Archives, and Farmers' Market. The Agricultural Society supports the Spruce Grove Archives, which preserves the documented history of the district, and the Spruce Grove Community Garden. 

Several annual summer fund-raising events such as Flapjacks at the Tracks Community Pancake Breakfast, the Farm & Heritage Carnival, and the Harvest Fair are hosted by the Ag Society and are very popular among community members and visitors. Events hosted at the Elevator Museum site are for the purpose of raising funds to support ongoing maintenance and preservation of the Grain Elevator and restored Water Tower, educational programs, and the proposed new building on site.

Significant Projects

2024 - "Paint to Protect" As part of our responsibility to protect the Elevator, we have engaged Alberta Historical Resources to assist us with assessing and overseeing the painting and restoration project.
2023 - Built the train station which replicates the original Spruce Grove Train Station.  Electrical and interior work is scheduled to be completed this fall.
2022 - Built the machinery display building, moved the donated Barn onto a permanent foundation. 
2018 - The Community Garden project was initiated between The Agricultural Society and the City of Spruce Grove 
2016 - Re-painting of the exterior, foundation wall repair, and front and back door replacement. 
2016 - 3 new flag poles installed. 
2016 - Moved a donated vintage 1940's era little red barn onto the Spruce Grove Grain Elevator Site. 
2012 - Painting and restoration of the wooden Grain Elevator. 
2011 - The restoration of the old Spruce Grove Water Tower that served Spruce Grove citizens until 1978.
2000 - ATCO donated a utility trailer for housing the Spruce Grove Archives. The interior was renovated by The Agricultural Society volunteers.
1972 - The construction of the Spruce Grove "Agrena" began 

 

Board Members

PRESIDENT - Teresa Bateman    
president@sprucegroveagsoicety.com
      
VICE PRESIDENT - Gerry Lawrence    
vice-president@sprucegroveagsociety.com

SECRETARY - Jamielinn Marvelous      
secretary@sprucegroveagsociety.com

TREASURER - Alison Munro          
treasurer@sprucegroveagsociety.com

ADMINISTRATIVE Coordinator - Michelle Tokar
admin2@sprucegroveagsociety.com

All General Enquires can be emailed to: info@sprucegroveagsociety.com

Committeees

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Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society Committees

Committees Details
AGRA FAIR
We are currently in the planning phase for our upcoming Agra Fair 2024.
We meet 2 times a month at the Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society site at 7pm.
Interested in getting involved? Come to the meeting and join one our subcommittees.
ARCHIVES
The Spruce Grove Archives strive to preserve Spruce Grove's history by preserving photography and written works.
COMMUNICATIONS
This Committee primarily focuses on maintaining open communication within and outside the society.
COMMUNITY GARDEN
This Committee primarily focuses on maintaining open communication within and outside the society.
EVENTS
The Events Committee is responsible for planning and executing events run by the society.
FINANCE
This committee focuses on the financial aspects that keep the society running such as sponsors, donors, and grants.
GOVERNANCE
This Committee deals with everything concerning the way that the society is run such as bylaws and policy.
HIRING
The focus of this Commitee is on the hiring and training of employees of the society.
MUSEUM
The Museum Committee works to ensure proper care of the museum artifacts and donations to the society.
NOMINATING
The Nominating Committee focuses on the nomination process of the board.
REPAIR and MAINTENANCE
This Committee deals with the physical maintenance of the site such as regular repairs, lawn mowing, and plant watering.
SITE DEVELOPMENT
The Site Development Committee strives to maintain and improve our current sites.