Taking Registrations for Celebrate Bezanson Slow Pitch Tournament

Terri Hatch is organizing a few recreational slow pitch games for August 26 between 10am-4:30pm. If you are interested in playing, you can either submit a team or register as an individual to be put on a team. Please see the attached rules and also note that all players must be at least 15 years of age and 50% of the team must have attended Bezanson School. Also, please sign the attached waiver and send it to terrihatch@hotmail.com or to

Terri Hatch
PO Box 274
Bezanson, AB
T0H 0G0

as soon as possible, as we need to have waivers signed for insurance purposes.

Celebrate Bezanson Ball Rules

Celebrate Bezanson Ball Tournament Waiver (Under 18)

Celebrate Bezanson Ball Tournament Waiver (over 18)

Celebrate Bezanson Tours


First tours are at 9:45 AM on August 26, 2017. Second tours are at 1:45 PM on August 26, 2017. Each tour is about 2 ½ hours and the buses leave/return to the Bezanson Memorial Hall. Buses ARE NOT wheelchair-equipped.

Options for tours:

Bezanson Townsite:

Take a trip down memory lane and see where and how the Bezanson Townsite came to exist. See how A.M Bezanson’s book, The Peace River Trail, was credited by many for the development of the South Peace area prior to the arrival of the railroad. View where some of the businesses such as Doran’s Restaurant, Hall & Leonard’s Store, Fred Parker’s Jewelry Store, Brotherson’s Shoe and Harness Shop existed along with a portion of the residential area where A.M Bezanson had built his house that commanded a spectacular view of the Smoky River. See where Bezanson’s proposed mill-site would have been located along with where the railroad was expected to cross. See where the Simonette River flows into the Smoky and just beyond that point where the Bezanson Ferry operated. -Wanda Zenner

Kleskun Hills Tour:

Come see one of the Grande Prairie area’s largest pieces of native grassland and the history that lays beneath it. This tour consists of seeing this magnificent area and the museum that holds all its treasures. This area was where the first people, in the 1800’s, hunted and even picked berries. These hills are 100 meters higher than the plains in this area. Dinosaur fossils were found in what is now called “Dinosaur Hill.” Another hill, “Garrett Hill,” is named after the former reeve of the area (1926-1948). Fun fact: Kleskun Hills was named after Kles-Kun which in English is “white-mud.” ”


Bling Your Bike Parade

Bling out bike parade 16 years ago!

Bling Your Bike Parade will be held on August 26, 2017.

The assembly time is 8 AM and the judging will happen at 8:30 AM. Categories are: 6 & under, 7-11 Years, 12-16 Years and Over The Hill. All bikes should be grouped and lined up in the correct category by 8:30. Contestants should know & tell the parade marshal which category they are in. No motorized bikes are allowed in the parade. Parents may assist their children but must not do the decorating for them. Judging will be based on the amount of effort, originality, presentation, and overall appearance. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each category.

Summer Student Employment Opportunity



Bezanson Agricultural Society is currently hiring for Administrator and Events Coordinator position for Summer Employment.  There may be two positions available depending on qualifications.

Duties include event planning and coordination of Celebrate Bezanson (Canada 150 event) and Farm Safety Day.

Administration duties will include creating, organizing and updating event information, documents and reports, the design of event, historical and safety documents.  Other administrative duties as pertaining to office, programs, events, promotion and marketing.

The term of this position is July 3 – August 28, 2017 for 30 hours per week.  Due to the main event being held August 26, it is imperative that applicants understand that they will be working August 26 when applying for this position and there will be no exceptions.

Qualifications include computer skills (Microsoft) and organizational skills.

Applicants must be between the ages of 15 – 30 and be registered as a full-time student for September.

Deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.  Please send a resume to the admin@bezansonagsociety.ca.



Huge Boost to Bezanson Regional Community Cultural Centre Project!

It’s an exciting time in Bezanson!

In January, the Bezanson Ag. Society applied for large stream funding from the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) with the Government of Alberta’s Culture and Tourism Department. The original ask was for $1 million and we are pleased to report we were granted $750,000!!!

This news couldn’t come at a better time! This boosts the total funds raised to over $3 million and over 80% funded! Initial cost projections of the project are $3.5 million. Now that we have a large portion of these funds secured, we were able to send the project out to tender to get firm numbers and determine just how much more our community needs to raise!

We hope to have solid numbers by the end of May.  Construction could start as early as Fall 2017! These funds help to seal the deal that this infrastructure will be a reality in Bezanson! But we still have work to do… and we need you to help us build Bezanson!

Please help us top up this funding and make this happen as soon as possible! Every dollar counts! We have many options to donate! The largest donation that we are still seeking is the naming rights of the entire building! This is targeted at a $250,000 donation for 10 years naming rights! Our Capital Campaign Team is working diligently to make connections, but if you know someone who may be interested, please let us know!

We know most of us don’t have that capacity to help, so we want to encourage you to give whatever you can! It all helps! We have monthly direct debit options, yearly contributions, and one time donations of any amount are sincerely appreciated!  We aim to be flexible in order to help you be a part of this!

Our Bezanson School students have even been hosting bake sales and contests to raise funds and we are so appreciative! We appreciate the effort, the desire to be a part of something big in our community, and the generosity, NO MATTER WHAT SIZE OF DONATION!! Let’s do this Bezanson! New beginnings are right around the corner!

If you would like to find out how you can get involved, contact Capital Campaign Manager, Laura LaValley at 780 814 3113.

2016 Golden Leaf Dine & Dance Thank you

The Bezanson Ag Society and the West Smoky Legion #244 would like to extend their thanks to everyone that came out to support the 2016 Golden Leaf Dine and Dance this past Saturday.  The event was sold out again this year, we are so honoured to host an event that everyone can enjoy year after year.

We would like to say thank you to all of those people that volunteered their time organizing the event, running games during the night and making sure that we all got fed. The effort that these members put into this event is nothing short of amazing!

Special thanks to;

Our caterer, Chef Ray from Lefty’s Cafe, and his team for providing a wonderful meal.

Night Ryders for their great music during the evening.

Eugene Auclair for sharing his auctioneering talents to sell our live auction items.

Our bartenders, janitor and security guards for making sure that everything ran smoothly.

And last but not least – our sponsors. Every business and community member that donated or purchased auction items, or sponsored our event — thank you for your generosity!

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