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Willow Creek MD denies musical ride funding bid

MD of Willow Creek council turned down a request Feb. 13 to fund the musical ride at The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police in Fort Macleod.
Mike Bourassa and Dawn Lauder of the Fort Macleod Historical Association had appeared as a delegation Oct. 17 to request $15,000 to $20,000 per year for the musical ride.
“I don’t believe it’s within our purview,” said Coun. Neil Wilson on Feb. 13.
“It sets a precedent,” Wilson later said.
Coun. Ian Sundquist agreed.
“Especially if you want to do it on an annual basis,” Sundquist said.
Lauder had explained the ride costs about $85,000 per summer to run.
The Town of Fort Macleod contributes $35,000 each year and the association was requesting the MD of Willow Creek contribute between $15,000 and $20,000.
Lauder itemized benefits to the MD of Willow Creek of the contribution, such as promotion of the municipality at the ride.
The stable or arena would be named after the MD of Willow Creek, the municipality would be announced as a major sponsor at each of the four performances per day, and a sponsorship board in the museum gift shop would highlight that sponsorship.
There would also be advertising on the horse trailer, a tax receipt, a discount card for the gift shop, a framed photo of the ride, 12 free passes for the 2013 season, and VIP invitations to any special events.