Today’s rural reality encourages organizers in Twin Butte to create ranch and rural security trade show
A unique event which will address a current issue in rural areas will be held at the Twin Butte Community Hall Nov. 24.
The Ranch and Rural Security Trade show goes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“The Twin Butte Community Society decided, after seeing advertisements for similar events in central Alberta, that this event could be something the community might be interested in and could benefit from,” explains Sophie LaRocque, the current chair of the Twin Butte Community Society.
The trade show will feature keynote speaker Shane Pahara, an employee at Paladin Security who will talk about crime prevention through environmental design. Local RCMP detachment employee, Annie Starzynski, will also speak about rural crime and crime in the area.
“The idea of the trade show came about as a response to the definite increase in crime in the Pincher Creek area over the last few years,” LaRocque says. “It's only a matter of time before that increase affects the Twin Butte area.”
LaRocque says that vendors at the trade show will feature many businesses including Canadian Land Access System, pinnacle security, central watch group, Pincher Creek District Citizens On Patrol, The Waterton Biosphere Reserve, Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce, and Pincher Creek Co-op Farm Center.
“The planning process was relatively easy,” LaRocque said.
“We were able to essentially carbon copy off of a trade show that was held in Mountain View County earlier this year thanks to the incredible cooperation and generosity of the folks who put that together and were willing to share all the details.”
The Local Ag Service Board, LaRocque says, has supported the creation of the trade show, assisted in the hiring of the keynote speaker, and is also helping to keep the costs associated with the trade show low.
“We are confident that this will be a well attended event, as it is addressing a very real and growing concern which has recently directly affected a few of our community members,” LaRocque said. “I don’t believe that this is a “one and done” issue and I hope to see continued programming. I hope that this event we are hosting is a catalyst for conversation around rural crime.”