Calgary – More than 700 students from southern Alberta will take part in Farm Safety Day at Stampede Park on Thursday, May 26. This unique hands-on learning experience is a brand new Calgary Stampede initiative and is proudly supported by AltaLink. It will take place in the Agrium Western Event Centre and AltaLink Hall.

At a time when farm safety is a significant topic in our province, this interactive event is an important opportunity to arm rural youth with the tools and knowledge they need to practice safe habits. Students will experience risks first-hand, setting them up for success in the real-world. Some of the key topics featured include grain safety and confined spaces, chemical handling, electrical and large equipment safety, and animal behavior. They will also see the powerful impact of accidents, with a rollover simulator and a station that dramatically demonstrates what happens when clothing snags on a common piece of farm machinery – a power take-off shaft.       

Calgary Stampede CEO Warren Connell and AltaLink President and CEO, Scott Thon, will be observing the students as they take part in the day’s activities. Both will be available for comment between 10 – 11 a.m.

Due to the involvement of minors in this event, please contact Kristina Barnes kbarnes@calgarystampede.com or 403-585-4706 prior to taking photos or video at Farm Safety Day.    

WHAT:         Farm Safety Day, supported by AltaLink

WHEN:        Thursday, May 26

                      Interactive Activities:  10 – 11:50 a.m. & 12:30 – 2 p.m.

                       Interview Availability: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  (AltaLink: CEO Scott Thon, Calgary Stampede: CEO Warren Connell)         

WHERE:         AltaLink Hall, Agrium Western Event Centre, Stampede Park

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

About AltaLink

Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. We are committed to meeting the province’s demand for electricity, providing innovative solutions, and partnering with our stakeholders and communities in doing so. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies delivering electricity and utility services to customers worldwide.

For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes

Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture

Calgary Stampede

T. 403.261.0382

C. 403.585.4706

E. kbarnes@calgarystampede.com

 

Amanda Sadleir
Communications Advisor
AltaLink

T. 403.267.6166

C. 403.585.7289

E. Amanda.sadleir@altalink.ca