April 9, 2010
RIVERSIDE-ALBERT (CNB) - Future visitors to the Albert County Exhibition will have a roof over their head thanks to funding from the provincial and federal governments and from the Albert Agricultural Society #133. The announcement was made today by Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles and Rob Moore, minister of state (small business and tourism).
"The Albert County Exhibition has a long and successful history, and we want to make sure it continues to play a vital role for the surrounding communities," Stiles said. "I am proud that the government of New Brunswick is supporting this initiative to help upgrade the infrastructure at the exhibition."
Stiles spoke on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
The investments will provide a custom-designed roof to cover the entire show ring, including covered bleachers, and an office and announcer's booth.
"Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is taking action to stimulate the economy, create and sustain jobs and support communities and industries growth," said Moore. "Our government's investment will allow the Albert Agricultural Society to make important improvements to the existing exhibition grounds and show ring."
Moore spoke on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of national revenue, minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and minister for the Atlantic Gateway.
The Government of Canada is investing $402,000 toward the project under CAF, an economic stimulus initiative under the Economic Action Plan. The Province of New Brunswick is providing $126,500 through the Regional Development Corporation and the Albert Agricultural Society is contributing $18,887.
"With the help of the federal and provincial governments, the landscape of the Albert County Exhibition is changing for the better," said Terry Steeves, president of the Albert Agricultural Society #133. "With almost 100 years in existence, a new roof over the ring will provide a facility for us and other groups to hold events which will not be dependent on the weather. This should lead to future sustainability of the Albert County Exhibition and our rural community."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Josée Groulx, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-3465; Paul CJ LeBlanc, senior communications officer, ACOA NB, 506-452-3310; Terry Steeves, president, Albert Agricultural Society, 506-734-3425.