A busier than usual day for the High River Farmers Market Thursday, July 19.

The Kraft Hockeyville crew presented three whopping cheques, totalling $60,000 for the arenas at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex and the Foothills Minor Hockey Association.

High River's Facility Operation Supervisor Chris Thompson says the money the community helped raise, will do wonders for upgrading and expanding the arena.

"We have a lot of plans for the cash, and plan on giving some TLC to both the large and small arenas. We aim to upgrade the sound system, lighting, improve the lobby and get a decent scoreboard for the small arena."

Thompson says the funding comes at an opportune time.

"Our hockey programs in town are growing pretty rapidly, with more players we need more space and a more modern facility to meet everyone's needs. Our small arena especially, hasn't received any extra funding since pre-flood days, so we are looking forward to bringing it up to snuff for all our upcoming players."

Three cheques in total were handed over.

$25,000 from Kraft, $25,000 from Alta-link and $10,000 from the NHL Players Association.

The Town's Director of Community services in High River says she was elated with the turnout and support.

"The energy here today is amazing, there's no other way to put it. Seeing the smiling faces on the young players, and the small town spirit really demonstrates the love we have for the game, and to our community."

Hockeyville 2018 July19 2018 002Kid's gathered at Thursday's farmers market for some street hockey and their chance at a game and autograph with New York Islanders Forward Jordan Eberle.

The day featured the presentation of the cheques, speeches from Kraft, New York Islanders star, Jordan Eberle and Alta-Link along a street hockey game for the kids, with a chance to play with Eberle.



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