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Benefit concert to aid ranchers in wake of Argo fire

Featuring country music artist Chris Henderson, the event will take place at the Jubilee Stadium, featuring a live auction and dance. The event, part of a relief fund, is being set up by the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA).
Shortly after the April fire, SSGA launched a Wildfire Relief Fund to help ranchers in the Argo area affected by the wildfire. Over 22,000 acres of grass pastures were lost and at least 75 miles of fences were destroyed. For cattle producers, the losses are a devastating setback at this time of the year, just when cattle need to be turned out to pasture. There are reports of some producers losing up to 80 per cent of their grazing pasture for the year.
“By bringing together the community, this benefit is a way to support those cattle producers affected by the wildfire,” stated SSGA President Bill Huber.
In the short term, cattle producers will have to buy feed and rent summer grazing land to replace lost grass which may need up to two years to recover.
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) has also come on board for the event.
“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Argo Wildfire Benefit Concert,” said Darrell Crabbe, SWF Executive Director. “Most ranchers provide access to Saskatchewan’s hunting and angling community, and we felt playing a role in this event provides the SWF an opportunity to return their ongoing support. Ranchers provide crucial wildlife habitat and support healthy wildlife populations through stewardship of the land.”
Chris Henderson, originally from Estevan, has been a released three albums and has become a go-to artist for Country music lovers in the province. He’s appeared at the Craven Country Jamboree, Big Valley Jamboree, among others, and has been nominated for 24 Saskatchewan Country Music awards.
Tickets are available in advance for $25 or at the door for $30. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m. For tickets, contact the Biggar and District Credit Union or SSGA at (306) 757-8523.
“We’re asking our members, and everyone who can help, to pull together for those in the ranching community who suffered losses due to the wildfire,” Huber said.