Tractor safety is one of the topics that will be covered during the first-ever Progressive Agriculture Safety Day June 1 at Alex Fraser Park. Lindsay Chung photo

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day coming to Quesnel for the very first time June 1

The registration deadline for youth who want to take part in the hands-on education day is April 30

Tractor safety, first aid and staying safe around bodies of water are just some of the topics that will be covered when Progressive Agriculture Safety Day comes to Quesnel for the very first time June 1.

This hands-on program provides children and youth aged six to 16 with tools to safely thrive in the community, including demonstrations and discussions on topics like tractor and implement safety, electrical safety, road safety, animal safety, ATV and dirt bike safety, water safety and much more.

This event is free to attend, and it will take place at Alex Fraser Park.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” said event chair Cody Dillabough. “When we sat down, it was interesting because there are 50 different topics, so it was hard to narrow it down to 15.”

For the past 25 years, the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program has partnered with communities to develop safety lessons that are relevant for youth in the area.

Life-saving information on agricultural topics such as power take-off and tractor and grain bin safety are often covered, as well as other rural topics not specific to farming, like staying safe around bodies of water, recreational equipment and utilities like pipelines and railroads.

Safety Day co-ordinators engage local community members to help teach these lessons. At Safety Day, members of our community will be volunteering by leading demonstrations on a wide variety of safety topics.

Dedicated community volunteers and sponsors are at the heart of the program.

In celebration of Safety Day’s 25th year, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation is taking this opportunity to recognize the nearly 400,000 community members who have helped grow the program from 19 events in 1995 to now reaching more than 100,000 children with life-saving lessons each year, according to a press release.

“We are excited to celebrate this milestone, knowing the program has impacted more than 1.7 million children and adults since starting nearly 25 years ago,” Brian Kuhl, chief executive officer of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, said in the press release. “The program’s success and growth is largely thanks to generous program sponsors, loyal supporters and dedicated volunteers who are co-ordinating Progressive Agriculture Safety Days and delivering vital safety messages in their local communities.”

For more information about Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Quesnel, or if you would like to volunteer to help at the event and get involved, contact Cody Dillabough at 250-992-3785.

Dillabough says they are looking for volunteers who can lead the 15 different groups of students through the different stations, as well as volunteers to help serve lunch and to help out at the registration desk. Volunteers will receive a free lunch and a free event T-shirt.

Registration packages for the event may be found on the Quesnel Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Facebook page. Additional information can be also found at progressiveag.org.

The deadline to register to take part in Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is April 30.

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