La Crete is the first winner in this year’s edition of UFA’s Get ’n’ Give contest.
The community will use the $50,000 prize for finishing Jubilee Park, supporting the fall fair, and contributing to the fundraising for construction of a riding arena.
“We are tickled pink,” said project spokesperson Susan Siemens. “This is going to make a world of difference to us.”
The fast-growing community, 700 kilometres north of Edmonton, has a population of 8,000, with just over half under the age of 19.
A riding facility, which is expected to cost $500,000, was chosen as a project because the community has an active 4-H club and large number of riders. It will be built on land owned by La Crete Agricultural Society.
Jubilee Park was conceived during the community’s 75th anniversary celebrations in 2011. A community group raised funds to remake some land owned by the Mackenzie County on Main Street. This included reshaping a hill, planting trees, digging a pond, and creating 1,000 metres of paved walking trails. The prize money will be used for lightposts, benches, and a washroom. The fall fair will receive $3,000 to buy 40 table skirts for its annual bench show.
Marwayne Fire and Rescue, the previous Get ’n’ Give winner, chose La Crete because the three projects met the needs of a large portion of the population.
“I loved that they showed us where they lived,” said Teresa Miskie of Marwayne. “We really liked the three projects and thought they would be very good for the whole community.”
The Get ’n’ Give contest invites rural communities to profile local projects with innovative pitches, including a video, and the winner is chosen by the previous winner in the pay-it-forward contest. Five projects will each receive $50,000 in this year’s contest, which runs until April 5. Rural community groups, societies, schools and clubs have to be located within 200 kilometres of a UFA store or petroleum agency. For more info, visit the Get ‘n’ Give website.