The Wetaskiwin Agricultural Society was first organized in approximately 1897 and was incorporated March 22, 1898, the same year as the Yukon Gold Rush. In order to be incorporated, 100 people had to register and pay $1 each. The names and money were sent to the North West Government offices at Regina.
The first Annual Fall Fair was held October 4, 1898. In 1899 a Government program allowed western farmers to purchase up to two bulls for $5 each, and the Government and railway defrayed all other expenses. In 1998 a centennial celebration was held at the Wetaskiwin Agricultural Society Grounds. This event hosted many dignitaries and activities.
After more than 100 years, the Ag Society continues to support our objectives. Our many events include the Cutter Rally, Beef 4-H Achievement day, Rawhide Rodeo, Gymkhana and Hall of Fame, RCMP Musical Ride and Farmers Market. Previously, we hosted the Home Living Show, Jr. Rodeo and Light Horse Shows.
Through all of these events and projects, one constant remains: our outstanding people. Volunteers are the lifeblood of any organization and we are fortunate enough to have a wide variety of them. Our board of directors is a cross section of many walks of life and age groups, giving us the opportunity to draw from one another’s experiences and strengths, all for the benefit of the organization. Our membership and community supports our activities in attendance or giving of their time, talents or treasure.
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development honours the significant contributions Agricultural Societies make to their communities, by formally recognizing those societies that have been incorporated for 100 years or more with the Alberta Agricultural Society Century Award.