While a change from fall to spring saw some empty tables, but the evening was still a success.
The second annual Community Awareness and Information night was held June 7 at the Bashaw Agricultural Society main hall with youth, sports and community organizations represented.
“We were down a couple of organizations this year due to the timing, change to spring and other commitments the groups had during what wound up as a busy week,” said Marj Savage, Bashaw Area Recreation Board member who organized the evening.
“The night was (still) a success and this was the first time we also had two organizations from Ferintosh.”
Locally, minor hockey and figure skating along with the Girl Guides, the Boys and Girls Club and Bashaw and District Support Services were able to showcase their summer and fall offerings, while minor hockey generated a number of new registrations as a result.
On the other side of things, there were tables from the Town of Bashaw, Community Futures East Parkland and the Friends of the Little Beaver Lake Society to provide people with more information regarding the community and various opportunities available. There was also a new dental hygiene business, based in Ferintosh, on hand to let people know about dental work available.
Popular with the kids was the Bashaw Public Library booth, which featured some book trading and puzzle solving along with a Spin-to-Win wheel with a prize for everyone.
“The night provides some great exposure and it’s great to see new groups and businesses participating,” Savage stated.
“It’s wonderful seeing the community working together.”
She added that with the event falling right before what is probably the busiest weekend of the year — with graduation and Razzle Dazzle Day — and the change from a September date, it was anticipated some groups may not be able to participate. However, Savage explained that planning for next year’s event will begin in a few months and lessons learned from this one will be implemented and may mean pushing the date ahead or back by a week or two.