Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:14

Buffalo to host farm safety day camp

Written by  Heather Jaques
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The Buffalo and District, and Empress Bindloss Agricultural Societies, have joined forces to do some event planning, and bring several safety-orientated programs to the area.  The first of these is the Buffalo Farm Safety Day Camp, booked for Sunday, Oct. 15.

Assisting and partnering with the agricultural societies for this event are CARA, Big Country Adult Learning Council, and the Buffalo Fire Club.
The day camp is designed for children aged three years to 15 years, with age appropriate grouping for all the sessions, and fun farm-related activities organized to keep the little ones busy. 
Topics include fire safety and prevention with instruction by Pat Kukura and Spencer Mehl, with most sessions held in Buffalo’s Fire Hall. Large animal handling and safety will be done at the Buffalo Rodeo grounds with instruction by Cec Ruschkowski for the older children and Hayley Powell for the younger age groups. We plan on having cows and horses for demonstration. 
Farm First Aid is to be taught by Patricia Loran. Byron Jaques will be instructing safety around grain handling machinery and facilities. This will take place at the Jaques Farm grain handling site.
A hot lunch is planned to be served at the Buffalo Community Hall, and a bus has been chartered to ferry children between the different locations.
Michelle Anderson will work as activity co-ordinator for the youngest children.
The camp is scheduled to run from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with drop off and pick up at the Buffalo Fire Hall. Parents are encouraged to leave their children for the day, however for any wanting to stay, lunch is available for $5. 
Cost for the camp is $10 per child for the day, which includes all the sessions, snacks, a hot lunch and a take-home goodie bag.
Registration is being handled through the Big Country Adult Learning Council in Oyen. Contact Sherri with your information by phoning 403-664-2060. Registration is limited due to bus and class sizes, so we advise registering early.
This fun-filled day of learning is made possible by a special grant to the agricultural societies from the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies. The camp is open to everyone, but is particularly designed for rural children to make them and their families more aware of farm safety and hazards.

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