Over 300 locals show support for the Drumheller Stampede and Agricultural Society, by filling the Barn last Friday night for their Ukrainian Fundraising Supper.
The turn out was a pleasant surprise and the team was fully prepared, just in case.
"We had originally thought if we had 50-100 people show up, that we would be really happy with that. We were very pleased to count at the end of the night, that we had served well over 300 people," said Joanne Manning, Treasurer of the Ag Society.
With the Barn holding events all year long, the operating costs do not subside when the doors close after an event. Maintenance, heat, power, and upkeep of the land are needed to keep it in tip-top shape. This all comes at a price, so fundraising and support of the community are very important.
"Our fundraising money goes towards our building fund and our operating costs. We are strictly all volunteers up there so we need to raise some money for upgrades to the building," said Manning.
On the menu, the stars of the main dish were, of course, homemade handcrafted deliciousness, by Marie Hirsch, President of the Ag Society.
The plan is to introduce one of these show stoppers to Race Days up at the Stampede Grounds Race Track this Summer.
"We had homemade pierogies, homemade cabbage rolls, and garlic sausage," explained Hirsch. "We'll have those homemade pierogies during race days now, (deep fried pierogies), so come on out and join us. We'll do another one hopefully right after harvest. We were overjoyed with all the support."