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Legacy of the Land Banquet returns Jan. 20

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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The M.D. of Willow Creek is showing its appreciation for ranchers, farmers, agricultural producers and ratepayers. Planning for the 26th annual Legacy of Our Land Banquet has been taking place since roughly November.

“It’s a ratepayer appreciation … evening and we like doing it. (It’s) hosted by the agriculture service board, as a way to get out and … share some of the information and what not that we get to do and have some fun,” says Carla Preachuk, agriculture fieldman for the M.D.
The banquet is taking place this year at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall on Jan. 20.
There will be a cash bar starting at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.
Following supper, guest speaker Nanton’s Chris Koch will take the stage.
Koch was born and raised in Nanton and now travels the world giving motivational speeches. He was born without both arms and legs and uses a longboard to get around.  He doesn’t let anything stop him from excelling and reaching his goals.
“I grew up just like any other small-town kid. I played road hockey and baseball with all the others my age. I caused mischief at school and got in trouble from my parents when my grades weren’t good enough,” explains Koch on his website. “After I graduated high school, I moved up to the city of Calgary to pursue my post-secondary education. After a few years, I moved east to Ottawa where I continued to study history and psychology at university as well as working with The War Amputations of Canada.”
Koch has moved back to southern Alberta and now travels to speak to people. His presentations have the theme of “If I can…” when he speaks at schools, conferences and various other venues.
Koch grew up in the agriculture industry by helping on his grandfather’s farm. He still works in the farming and ranching industry today.
“He’s a great guy with an excellent personality and is really good at sharing some of his life experiences and what not,” adds Preachuk.
Organizers asked Koch to be the guest speaker for several reasons. He is local and the fact he can inspire those at the banquet. As it has been a trying year in the province, Preachuk says they felt Koch would be a good fit.
There will be roast beef for the supper and Preachuk says there are a lot of door prizes to be given away at the banquet.
“We have had tremendous support from local … businesses and there is a lot of door prizes and it’s a lot of fun to be able to see the amount of community sharing,” she says.
Generally close to 200 people attend the annual banquet, so that’s the attendance goal for this year.
People should purchase tickets in advance from their local councillors or at the M.D. of Willow Creek office.

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