By Justin Seward
The Foremost Ag Society is making one final push for the proposed indoor agricultural centre by hosting a Ride-A-Thon on Oct. 9.
Any horseback riders can participate in the Ride-A-Thon and they can now pick up pledge sheets by printing them from the Foremost Rodeo Facebook page or picking a sheet up at Back 40 Foods.
The riders can bring the forms around the community asking for donations.
“All the money will go to the arena,” said Michelle Cowie, Ride-A-Thon organizer.
“We’re trying to get as many riders as we can and they can get as many donations and sponsorships as they can.”
There will also be a Gold($10,000 plus), Diamond ($5,000 to $9,999) and Bronze ($1,000-$4,999) plaque level donation option.
The hope is to raise enough funds to get to the next level of government grants and shortly after break ground.
Ideas for events were swirling about the Society and it was member Jon Hollingsworth that came up with the Ride-A-Thon concept.
“The Ag Society had to really put our heads together because we had a few ideas,” she said.
“We really wanted to do maybe a harvest dance or a few things like that. But with COVID that wasn’t possible. This is something we can do with social distancing and seems like something fun.”
The Ride-A-Thon will be on Oct.9 at 1 p.m. and will start at the proposed arena location and end at the rodeo grounds by 4:30 p.m.
Locals are encouraged to come and cheer the riders on at the finish line.
“I think a big part of it is just awareness,” said Cowie on the importance of hosting these events for the indoor arena.
“That we’re still actively raising money and we’re still very much invested in this arena and we want to get it happening as soon as possible. Right now, there are so many youth in Foremost that are interested in rodeo and riding. The sooner we can get this building up for them, the sooner we call start riding in the winter time.”