After more than 40 years, Howard McKee is stepping down as treasurer of the Drumheller Stampede and Agricultural Society.

The volunteer position covers everything from renting out the Stampede Barn to looking after the society's books, including those of Dinosaur Downs Speedway.

"I've been working so far all this week on getting the books ready to go to the auditor," reported McKee. "I've been working since about 4:30-5:00 in the morning until nightfall and it gets to be too heavy."

Asked his favourite part of the job, McKee replied his interactions with the people, although he also takes pride in the growth of stock car racing in recent years.

"I can see the racing building," he told Drum FM. "We don't get Drumheller as a crowd, the crowd comes from Red Deer and Calgary and the surrounding areas, and we have upgraded quite a bit in the numbers that are coming."

McKee said he doesn't mind helping out for a day or something like that, but the full time position is just too much for him anymore.

"I'd hate to see it fail," he expressed. "I've talked to a few people that I think would like to take over the job, but oh no, it's too much work! Well, yes it is quite a little bit of work, but everything you do is quite a little bit of work."

McKee's last day with the Ag Society will be October 31.

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