Quonset Days was started as a tribute to Peter Biemans, a loving husband and father, who passed away in August 2009 after a hard fought battle with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). As a family, we had participated in the ALS Walk but in 2010 our local walk was cancelled due to a lack of organisers. This is when Quonset Days was born.
As a family, we wanted to raise money and awareness for the ALS Society of Alberta while celebrating the life of a truly wonderful man. Quonset Days 2010 was organised in only a little over a month but we were able to raise over $7500! Each year we get bigger and better! The fun includes a silent & live auction, kick off party, live bands, crazy games, beer gardens and free camping. We hold it on our family farm. It truly is the "Greatest Outdoor Party on Dirt"!!
Some of you might think that Quonset Days is an odd name for our fundraiser (especially when you come and see there are no quonsets in the yard). The original Quonset Days was held almost 30 years ago as a joke.
Anyone that knew Peter knows that he had a great sense of humour and loved a great party. Peter was working in Lethbridge and farming at Seven Persons. His "city" friends couldn't figure out what farmers did for fun. Peter and a coworker convinced them that once a year the farmers would take their quonsets, flip them upside down, race them down the irrigation canal and then have a big party after. The "city" people thought that sounded like fun so made the drive from Lethbridge to see the races. Not wanting to disappoint them, Peter hosted the original Quonset Days party. He made sure to point out to the "city" people the size of the quonset and size of the canal. Because of that first Quonset Days we felt as a family we would pay tribute to the man that started it all........and Quonset Days ALS Fundraiser was born!
Started in 2010, Quonset Days is a labour of love for our family. ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a disease that robs a person of the use of their body while keeping the sense of touch and mental alertness. It is a disease that leaves the person with no dignity, completely dependant on others, basically trapped in a body that they can no longer control. Peter Biemans was one of these people. To watch him go from an outgoing, active person to someone that could basically only sit in a chair and watch the world go by was the most heart wrenching thing a family could go through. No family should ever have to go what we went through.
In 2016 we realised that Quonset Days had grow so much that we need help with the organising. Thanks to some great friends, the Quonset Days Board of Directors was formed. Our goal with this board is to continue making Quonset Days better each and every year.
Every penny raised from Quonset Days goes to support the ALS Society of Alberta for research and support of those effected by ALS. It is held annually in July. Since 2010 we have raised over $400000!!!