A record $133,860 was sold in the 50/50 tickets at last month's Ag Days at the Keystone Centre, which means over $66,000 will be allocated to community projects and scholarships through the 'Ag Days Gives Back' granting program.
Already with the 2023 ticket sales, they were able to give more than the year before to organizations and students. Those grants were awarded at the 2024 show.
The application intake for the Ag Days Gives Back program has an official start date of September 1st, however Ag Days Media Coordinator, Teresa Hildebrand, says that window is actually always open.
"The committee will be looking at what the giving will look like for the 2025 show," she says. "Typically, what happens is we'll announce the criteria or the particular group that we're targeting for community grants, or what that looks like based on the work that that committee will do this summer."
"Really that gets rolling around September 1st, the same time as registration for the Ag Days show exhibitors opens, and then the application intake is open until November 15th. So, there's quite a big window for communities or individuals interested in scholarships to get those applications in," she adds.
"So, we definitely encourage organizations to be thinking about what projects do they have coming, they can look at what we've done in the past to kind of get an idea of the scope and size of the projects that we support and then definitely be looking for September 1st to November 15th to get their applications submitted."
For more information on Ag Days Gives Back, applications and the history of past recipients click HERE!
Hildebrand says the very fact that they sold well over $133,000 in 50/50 at last month's Ag Days is phenomenal! "We just can't say thank you enough for the support of all the people who purchased tickets either at the show in person, or online!"
Please listen to more with Teresa Hildebrand below!