Calgary-based UFA Co-operative has resumed a promotion called the UFA Small Town Heroes contest for a third year. The initiative is aimed at the residents of rural Alberta. Nominations of residents who have worked to benefit their communities can be submitted online at <http://www.ufa.com/smalltownheroes> until July 22. The co-operative will then conduct a Small Town Heroes Top Ten Tour, during which members of the judging panel will travel to the communities of ten finalists to interview them. Two grand prize winners will each receive $10,000 dollars for a community project and a concert by country music performer Paul Brandt in their towns. Eight runners-up will receive $2,500 for a community project. As part of the promotion, Brandt will travel via a bus in October to a number of small towns in the province to conduct meeting sessions at local UFA Farm and Ranch Stores and UFA Petroleum Agencies. "The UFA Co-operative was built by small town heroes dating back to 1909," said Bob Nelson, president and CEO of UFA. "These pioneers lobbied for equal access to education, campaigned for the rights of family and women, created the Department of Health, passed the Municipal Hospitals Bill, established and improved the health care system, improved roads, and much more. We're proud that UFA's Small Town Heroes contest builds on our history and celebrates the small town heroes of today."