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Snodgrass kicks off annual flower barrel contest with dogs as special guests

Snodgrass kicks off annual flower barrel contest with dogs as special guests
To add a special touch to the annual flower barrel contest this year, the funeral home has collaborated with Pincher Creek Humane Society. “We had some of their people bring out dogs for photo ops with our planters,” says funeral director Grace Kastelic.
To add a special touch to the annual flower barrel contest this year, the funeral home has collaborated with Pincher Creek Humane Society. “We had some of their people bring out dogs for photo ops with our planters,” says funeral director Grace Kastelic.
IMAGE: Somya Lohia
Snodgrass Funeral Home organizes annual flower barrel competition to encourage community engagement.
IMAGE: Somya Lohia
Snodgrass Funeral Home organizes annual flower barrel competition to encourage community engagement.

Snodgrass kicks off annual flower barrel contest with dogs as special guests

By Somya Lohia
By Somya Lohia
Shootin’ the Breeze Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Shootin’ the Breeze Reporter
June 24, 2024
June 24, 2024

As summer begins, Snodgrass Funeral Home has begun the third edition of its annual flower barrel competition. “This was actually a brainchild of Jamie Judd, our business manager. He started this competition three years ago,” explains funeral director Grace Kastelic. “We place flower barrels outside our funeral home and invite local non-profits and businesses to participate. We cover the cost of the flowers, which are generously supplied by the Blue Mouse Greenhouse, and the groups plant the flowers in the barrels.”

The goal of the competition is to encourage community engagement. “We wanted to show that the funeral home does not have to be a daunting place,” Grace says. “It is a way to build relationships with local businesses and bring people together.”

To encourage more participation, organizers have made the voting process more accessible by inviting people to vote in person, by phone, or online via the Snodgrass Facebook page.

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Visitors can head down to 1101 Main St. to admire the planters and cast their votes. In-person voting gives participants two entries into a draw for a chance to win their favourite planter, while online and phone votes grant one entry.

“This year, we are running the survey through an online link, which has definitely boosted engagement. Social media has made it easier for people to vote and spread the word,” Grace says.

 

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At the end of the month, a lucky winner is drawn, and they get to take home the planter of their choice. 

“We will deliver that to their location so that they can enjoy the flowers for the rest of the summer,” she says.

The planter with the most votes earns its creators a special prize, adding a bit of friendly competition to the event.

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

To add a special touch to the contest in its third year, the funeral home has collaborated with Pincher Creek Humane Society. 

“We had some of their people bring out dogs for photo ops with our planters,” Grace says. “These photos were used in our promotional materials and have been popular on social media.”

So far about 50 people have voted in the contest.

The event has not only brightened up the town but also fostered a sense of camaraderie. 

“There’s always a bit of friendly competition,” Grace says. “People want to see their favourite planter win, which brings out a fun and competitive spirit.”

As June progresses, staff at Snodgrass Funeral Home are actively promoting the event — from the flyers on community bulletin boards to regular updates on social media to keep the momentum going.

For those unable to visit in person, the phone and online voting options offer convenient ways to participate.

The contest’s charm lies in its simplicity and the joy it brings. It is more than just a competition, it is a reminder to everyone that beauty can indeed grow in the most unexpected places.

As summer begins, Snodgrass Funeral Home has begun the third edition of its annual flower barrel competition. “This was actually a brainchild of Jamie Judd, our business manager. He started this competition three years ago,” explains funeral director Grace Kastelic. “We place flower barrels outside our funeral home and invite local non-profits and businesses to participate. We cover the cost of the flowers, which are generously supplied by the Blue Mouse Greenhouse, and the groups plant the flowers in the barrels.”

The goal of the competition is to encourage community engagement. “We wanted to show that the funeral home does not have to be a daunting place,” Grace says. “It is a way to build relationships with local businesses and bring people together.”

To encourage more participation, organizers have made the voting process more accessible by inviting people to vote in person, by phone, or online via the Snodgrass Facebook page.

Ace of spades card on ad for Chase the Ace at the Pincher Creek Legion

Visitors can head down to 1101 Main St. to admire the planters and cast their votes. In-person voting gives participants two entries into a draw for a chance to win their favourite planter, while online and phone votes grant one entry.

“This year, we are running the survey through an online link, which has definitely boosted engagement. Social media has made it easier for people to vote and spread the word,” Grace says.

 

Also read | Heritage Acres Victory Garden grows hope for another year

 

At the end of the month, a lucky winner is drawn, and they get to take home the planter of their choice. 

“We will deliver that to their location so that they can enjoy the flowers for the rest of the summer,” she says.

The planter with the most votes earns its creators a special prize, adding a bit of friendly competition to the event.

Ad for Vape in Pincher Creek

To add a special touch to the contest in its third year, the funeral home has collaborated with Pincher Creek Humane Society. 

“We had some of their people bring out dogs for photo ops with our planters,” Grace says. “These photos were used in our promotional materials and have been popular on social media.”

So far about 50 people have voted in the contest.

The event has not only brightened up the town but also fostered a sense of camaraderie. 

“There’s always a bit of friendly competition,” Grace says. “People want to see their favourite planter win, which brings out a fun and competitive spirit.”

Ad for Dragons Heart Quilt Shop in Pincher Creek

As June progresses, staff at Snodgrass Funeral Home are actively promoting the event — from the flyers on community bulletin boards to regular updates on social media to keep the momentum going.

For those unable to visit in person, the phone and online voting options offer convenient ways to participate.

The contest’s charm lies in its simplicity and the joy it brings. It is more than just a competition, it is a reminder to everyone that beauty can indeed grow in the most unexpected places.

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Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta