Seventy-plus years ago there was no Take Your Pet to Work Day or National Milkshake Month, but there was a Farmer’s Day. First declared by the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd. in 1945, the second Friday in June has been a day to celebrate and recognize all that farmers do and contribute to our communities and economies.
Carol Kitchen, chief executive officer for UFA, says that Friday’s events — held at several UFA locations across the province — are a nod to the importance of farming and farmers to our economy and an appreciation day for the co-op’s membership.
Depending on the location, there will be food, music, petting zoos, and antique and new equipment to enjoy, and a chance to visit and celebrate with neighbours. Kitchen adds that in order to keep farmers on the minds of urban residents, the Calgary Tower, Alberta legislature, and Lethbridge city hall will light up in orange and green, UFA’s signature colours, as part of the celebration of Farmer’s Day.