The Irvine 20 Mile Rodeo Arena will get an upgrade after landing funding from a UFA grant recently.
UFA’s Rural Communities Foundation distributed $100,000 to be split between four winners including Irvine, Castor, Vegreville and Pincher Creek.
The Arena was awarded $37,250 and will go towards replacing the old wooden corrals, posts, boards and gates with long-lasting steel.
“The grant money will be used to almost completely rebuild and redesign the rodeo facility,” reads the write up from the RCF.
“With an expanded and rearranged arena, organizers hope to attract team roping and other equestrian events. With few dedicated rodeo arenas in southeast Alberta, Irvine will become the premier rodeo location in the region.”
The whole project will cost around $50,000 to make the arena more user-friendly.
“Rodeo and horse events are part of daily life for many in the area. Visitors and locals look forward to the annual event as a way to spend time with their friends and neighbours, just one more way to strengthen their community,” read the release.