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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:02

5th annual Quonset Days returns to raise money for ALS

Written by  Carlie Connolly
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The 5th annual Quonset Days is back and bigger than ever July 18-19 with some big-name performances and thousands of dollars being donated to the ALS Society of Alberta.

Beginning as a tribute in 2010, the Bieman family has raised a large sum of money for Peter Bieman who passed away in August of 2009 after battling with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). The Quonset Days party is now held annually in Seven Persons to celebrate the life of Bieman.
Last year’s event raised $36,000 with more than 500 people in attendance. This year organizers are hoping for more than 700 people plus volunteers with even more money expected to be raised.
At the start of this event in 2010, all performers were local donating their time. Adam Gregory was the first big-name performer last year. This year’s performers are country stars Julian Austin and Aaron Pritchett.
The event also features a live auction and performances by local bands including  Phoenix, Men Without Shame and The Elderly Boys. Battle of the bands, a silent auction and mini-tractor races will also take place.
No cash machine will be on site. Camping is free on a first-come first-serve basis, but with no hook ups. The event will not accept debit, however, credit cards and cheques are taken for auction purchases. Those with trailers  are asked to go to the site in advance on the Thursday or Friday before the event.

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