Ag Society Category: Region 6
The origin of the name Battle River comes from the Notikewin, the Hotchkiss, and the Meikle rivers. These three rivers are also referred to as the first, second and third battle rivers. History has it that a feud between the Cree and the Beaver Indians saw a battle on the small rivers hence the name Battle River!
The Battle River Agricultural Society applied to the Minister of Agriculture the 26th day of June 1933 to gain society status under the Agricultural Societies Act. The application was submitted by 52 of the districts original residents.
Today our Society is accountable to the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies. The AAAS was incorporated under and is governed by the Societies Act in 1947. Members are governed by the Agricultural Societies Act, which is administered by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Rural Programs Division.
Hall, Barns, Indoor Arena, Outdoor Arena & Rodeo Facility, Track
1950 saw the 1st Agricultural Fair under the leadership of John Nichols, and the 1st Annual Manning Rodeo was held in 1968 in the rodeo arena that exists today. The grounds saw a barn and pavilion constructed in 1972 and the existing hall in 1985. The Multi-use indoor arena was constructed in 1994 and the existing grandstands in 1995.
New members and volunteers are always welcome to join the Society!
For more information call 780-836-1100.
PO Box 272
#600 sec HWY 691
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