After the Kicking Horse County Chamber of Commerce announced they would no longer be organizing the annual Santa Claus parade, the Golden Agricultural Society decided to take the event on and have been working hard to organize the event on short notice.
Since then the Golden Agricultural Society has been working hard to raise funds to throw an event they hope will be a memorable one for the community. A Go Fund Me was set up to help with additional funding and after two weeks, the funding has reached $1,400.
The society originally announced a budget of $5,000, but has since reduced the budget after receiving donations of many decorations and other items.
After announcing a large budget, some questioned why they were needing that much, as the Chamber had previously held the parade for just $1,500.
Golden Agricultural Society president and founder Jesse Courteau said that the society is starting from scratch and they don’t have the same resources the Chamber had when throwing the parade. In addition, the society wants to be able to host a bigger and brighter event than in previous years with more festivities and things to do at the event.
“We want to hold a great event,” Courteau said.
Some of the plans involve different awards through out the night, including prizes for the best floats in the parade. They also hope to create a Santa village for a place the kids can come and see Santa.
“It’s for the kids,” Courteau said. “They anticipate Santa and they should get to see Santa.”
While the fundraising goal is still high, Courteau says the event will proceed regardless of reaching the goal or not.
“We’ll still have the parade,” Courteau said. “We hope the public realizes that we apologize for asking for help this year.”
The Golden Agricultural Society is new to the community, having just started up in July of this year. The society put together a haunted Halloween trail in October with much success and now are working on the parade. Despite the short notice, they hope that they can put on a memorable event for the community.
“We believe it will be a great event,” Courteau said.
The Parade will be Saturday, December 9 starting at 5:30 pm. The society is still looking for volunteers to help out at the event. For more information you can contact the society at 250-272-7447.