The Beaumont and District Agricultural Society is celebrating its 30th year of serving the community of Beaumont and area.
Incorporated in January of 1990, the Beaumont Agricultural Society (BADAS), was designed as a not for profit community development group, and has been a keystone of the community ever since.
“The Ag society was very common in small communities at that point,” commented Jim Hiley, who moved with his family to Beaumont almost 30 years ago and has been a part of BADAS almost since its beginnings. “It was kind of the avenue into the farm community and in urban areas it was more through the gardening and horticulture.”
“When there was community events we would pitch in … volunteering and running events.”
In 2000, the society purchased the Ag Society fairgrounds in order to expand society activities and offer its own facilities.
“We all kind of came to the same feeling that if we had our own land base, we could have more control over the kinds of things that we could off and facilities that we could add to the community,” Hiley said.