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Facility Rental Information

Our Facilities

We are proud to operate and maintain several of Bezanson’s finest facilities.  Bezanson’s Knelsen Community Centre includes the Bezanson Memorial Hall and the multi-purpose Buffalo Gravel Gym which houses a full-regulation size gymnasium which can accommodate college sports, recreational activities including leagues and tournaments, weddings, memorials, fundraisers, concerts, and events.  It also houses a commercial kitchen which is the home to the Freezin’ Hub as well as the large Kenco Lobby which is houses numerous activities.  The capacity of the Gymnasium is 662 people.  The Memorial Hall’s capacity of 300 allows meetings, weddings, fitness and well-being activities, events as well as houses a commercial kitchen.

The beautiful grounds offer a gazebo, and includes an outdoor horse-riding arena, a ball diamond located in the hamlet of Bezanson as well as room for camping for patrons of the facilities.

Whether you are looking for a rental facility for a family reunion, a wedding, a memorial, sports, recreational or fitness opportunities, Bezanson’s Knelsen Community Centre has the room availability and experience to help you meet your plans.

Contact us at 780-538-3544 or email bookings@discoverbezanson.ca

To find out more about the Bezanson Agricultural Society, facility availability and rentals, or what the community of Bezanson has to offer, visit our Facebook page.  Click here for the Rental Package.

Need a Gym?  For a sports or recreational need?  How about your tournaments?  Or book your family events or birthday party here!  Combine the gym with the Kenco Lobby and you have an amazing space to sit and eat together while enjoying activities in the gymnasium!

Memorial Hall: Maximum Capacity of 300.

The Memorial Hall is perfect for weddings, family reunions, seasonal parties, meetings, conferences, or smaller events that you want to book on an hourly or daily basis. A variety of chairs and tables are offered here at the hall for the events that are held here. The memorial hall has washrooms adjoining the area and a commercial kitchen available.

Buffalo Gravel Gym: Maximum of Capacity is 662.

The Knelsen Centre, built in 2018, is Bezanson’s newest addition. The facility features a full kitchen and bar, a gymnasium that can be converted to a banquet hall, tables, and chairs.

The Knelsen Centre:

The Knelsen Centre rental includes Memorial, Ken-Co Foyer and Buffalo Gravel Gym. Renter has access to the whole facility (excluding Knelsen Kitchen) and grounds. Great for family reunions and large weddings

To view, contact bookings@discoverbezanson.ca

The Knelsen Centre rental includes Memorial, Ken-Co Foyer and Buffalo Gravel Gym.
Renter has access to the whole facility (excluding Knelsen Kitchen) and grounds. Great for
family reunions and large weddings.

Knelsen Centre
Weekend Rate
Max Occupancy: 662
Friday 9 am – Sunday 5 pm $2000
Booking/ Damage Deposit $1000
Long Weekend Rate:
Max Occupancy: 662
Friday 9 am – Monday 3 pm $2200
Booking/ Damage Deposit $1000

Notes

Reservation is not completed until a signed Rental Agreement & Deposit is received.
*NSF cheques shall void the agreement & be subject to a $50 NSF fee.
*Rental Rates are in effect until September 30, 2021.
*Community Member is defined as living in the boundaries of the Smoky River (West) to Twp Rd 734 to Range Road 42 to Wapiti River (South).

Extras

Please contact bookings@discoverbezanson.ca to add any of these items to any rental!
Food, Beverage & Tariffs for Music at Events

Food, Beverage & Tariffs for Music at Event

FOOD

  1. All Food & Beverage served must be provided by Bezanson Agricultural Society’s In-House Caterer or by an
    Approved caterer by the Society as per Alberta Health Services Guidelines. The only exception being wedding
    and special occasion cakes. Appropriate insurance and food handling certificate are required and must be
    presented to the Society management.
  2. A final guaranteed number of guests for each event will be required as per the Caterer’s guidelines prior to
    function.
  3. The Caterer is responsible for leaving the kitchen clean.


BAR SERVICES

Buffalo Gravel Gym:

  1. The Bezanson Agricultural Society is responsible for all beverage sales and service in accordance with the
    Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission in the Buffalo Gravel Gym and will supply alcoholic beverages.
  2.  No alcoholic beverage of any kind is allowed to be brought into the Bezanson Knelsen Centre including
    the lobby, Buffalo Gravel Gym areas for sale or consumption other than through the Bezanson
    Agricultural Society. The renter acknowledges that homemade wine, beer and/or liquor are not
    permitted to be stored, consumed or displayed in the Centre and will not be served or made available to
    guests and/or visitors. As per AGLC regulations, Bring Your Own Bottle is prohibited.
  3. Only disposable wares are used for a licensed event. Glass service is available at an extra charge.
  4. Juice and soft drinks are always available as non-alcoholic beverages for all licensed events.
  5. All menu prices and bar charges are subject to change without notice to reflect current market conditions.
  6. Bar will close at 1 a.m. with consumption to 2 a.m. unless approved by Society’s management.

Memorial Hall & Kenco Foyer:

  1. Renters are responsible for all beverage sales and service in accordance with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor
    Commission in the Memorial Hall and Kenco Foyer (if rented).
  2. Renters Must purchase the appropriate liquor license for ALL the days that liquor will be on the premises and a
    copy given to the Society Manager.
  3. Juice and soft drinks are always available as non-alcoholic beverages for all licensed events.

Buffalo Gravel Gym: Hosted by the Bezanson Agricultural Society

Host Bar: The Renter pays for all drinks consumed by invited guests. Bezanson Agricultural Society’s staff will keep
track of the number of drinks consumed and the Renter will be invoiced afterwards according to the beverage
consumption. Minimum bar purchases of $500 are required or a bartender fee of $25 per hour will apply (minimum 2
bartenders).
Cash Bar: Guests are required to pay for their own beverages individually on a cash basis paying the bartender.
Minimum bar purchases of $500 are required or a bartender fee of $25 per hour will apply.
Toonie Bar: Invited guests are required to pay $2 for each beverage on a cash basis to the bartender. And additional cost
per drink will be invoiced to the Renter following the end of the event. Minimum bar purchases of $500 are required or a
bartender fee of $25 per hour will apply

Beverage Selection:
House Brands, Coolers, Domestic Beer: Prices per Drink $5.
Premium Brands: Prices per Drink $6
Softdrinks, Milk & Juice, Bottled Water: $2
House Wine Brands: $25 per bottle
Coffee: 100 cup urn: $75
Water: Jug: $10
Note: Not all caterers supply coffee, punch and water.

Tariffs for Music

All events with musical entertainment, live or recorded, are subject to both SOCAN and Re-Sound charges as listed. The fees
collected by these two agencies are mandatory licensing fees as per an agreement with the Federal government and/or
distributed as royalties to the original artists and do not represent any revenue to the Bezanson Agricultural Society. These fees
will be applied to the final invoice.

Socan Charges

Capacity Without DancingWith Dancing
101 – 300$31.72 plus tax$63.49 plus tax
301 – 400$66.19 plus tax$132.39 plus tax

*Socan is a Licensing fee collected by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada;
*Resound is royalties collected for Public Performance for Sound Recordings

Resound Charges

Capacity Without DancingWith Dancing
101 – 300 $13.30 plus tax $26.63 plus tax
301 – 400 $27.76 plus tax $55.52 plus tax

Insurance Coverage and Waiver

  1. Host Liquor Liability Insurance: In the event the Function is to serve liquor, it is the
    responsibility of the Renter, at its sole cost and expense, to arrange for and ensure that a
    Host Liquor Liability Insurance Certificate or PAL in the same name as the Renter has been
    arranged for and received by the Owner before the Function. The Renter agrees that the
    insurance policy referred to herein will name the Bezanson Agricultural Society as
    additional insured for Two Million ($2,000,000) on the said policy as their interest may
    appear.
  2. Host Liquor Liability Insurance (Weekend Rentals): If you have more than one day rental
    and liquor will be consumed in the hall and/or on Bezanson Community Centre property,
    while decorating, gift opening, and so forth, Host Liquor Liability insurance coverage is still
    necessary for EACH day of the booking. This Insurance program is also available at fpb.ca
    (Bezanson Agricultural Society’s Insurance provider).
    All policies will contain an undertaking by the insurers to notify the Owner, in writing, of
    any material change, cancellation or termination of any provision of any policy, not less
    than thirty (30) days prior to the material change, cancellation or termination thereof.
  3. Non-Alcohol Large Event: In the event the Function does not serve liquor but is hosting a
    weekend event or an event over 75 people, it is the responsibility of the Renter, at its sole
    cost and expense, to arrange for and ensure that Facility Rental Insurance Certificate in
    the same name as the Renter has been arranged for and received by the Owner prior to
    the Function. The Renter agrees that the insurance policy referred to herein will name
    the Bezanson Agricultural Society as additional insured for Two Million (2,000,000) on
    the said policy as their interest may appear.
  4. It is agreed by the Renter that it shall sign and provide to the Owner at the time of execution
    of this Agreement, an Acknowledgement and Waiver.
    5. Liquor Licenses are mandatory if any Renter/User Group has liquor on the premises and
    may be purchased online at aglc.ca. A copy is to be retained by the Bezanson Agricultural
    Society.
  5. Liquor Licenses are mandatory if any Renter/User Group has liquor on the premises and
    may be purchased online at aglc.ca. A copy is to be retained by the Bezanson Agricultural
    Society.

Liquor Permits

Special Event Permit: In Alberta, you need a special event license (SEL) to sell or provide liquor
at:

  1. Private events: open to invited guests or members only.
    • You will need a private non-sale SEL license
    • The fee for this license is $10
    • You can apply online using the AGLC Special Event Liquor License online
    application
  2. Private events: If your event is open to invited guests or members only and guests will be
    paying for either admission or liquor service:
    • You will need a private resale SEL license
    • The fee for this license is $25
    • If you are an individual, not-for-profit group or municipality, you can apply online
    using the AGLC Special Event Liquor License online application
  3. Public events: open to anyone

    Public events include any event open to the public, such as beer gardens, festivals, theatre
    productions, or food and wine fairs. For these events, you need a public special event license
    (SEL). Public Functions are defined by AGLC as any function that is advertised to the public in
    any format. These functions must obtain a Special Events License and may require 6 – 8 weeks to
    obtain depending on the type of event and the number of attendees. Further information and
    application are available at aglc.ca

    Public SEL can be either
    • Community: hosted by non-profit groups or municipalities
    • Commercial: hosted by businesses or individuals for commercial purposes
    • To apply, download the appropriate application (community, commercial, or auction) and
    return the application to AGLC Liquor/Cannabis Licensing.