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.
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" begain
PRESIDENT - Sid Livingstone
Past President - Rick Lee
VICE PRESIDENT - Lori Sewell
SECRETARY - Jill Molloy
TREASURER - Alison Munro
The Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society is broken up in to different committees that allow it to run smoothly. The committees work on their projects with the help of the other committees and report to the board about the progress they have made. Find a list of the different committees below and their duties!
We are currently in the planning phase for our upcoming Agra Fair 2023
We meet 2 times a week at the grain elevator at 7pm. Interested in getting involved? Come to the meeting and join one our sub committees!
Our sub committees include:
- Agra fair
- Bench show
- Outdoors areas
- Pancake breakfast
- Main event
The Spruce Grove Archives strive to preserve Spruce Grove's history by preserving photography and written works.
> Collect local history and photos
> Record everything as it is received-accession, inventory and index
> Collect obituaries
> Answer queries from the public
> Describe local history to visitors
Repair and Maintenance