Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:34

Aggie Days a chance to teach children about agriculture

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Three-year-old Isla Johnson from Lethbridge makes some seed art with her one-year-old brother Eli Johnson while enjoying the annual Aggie Days. Three-year-old Isla Johnson from Lethbridge makes some seed art with her one-year-old brother Eli Johnson while enjoying the annual Aggie Days. Photo by Stephanie Labbe

The 11th annual Aggie Days April 25-26 was another success at the Lethbridge Exhibition Park. Aggie Days, presented by UFA, has been a past hit with the schools and interest continues to grow.

Doug Kryzanowski, manager, marketing at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, is pleased with how Aggie Days went this year.
There were 48 exhibitors and 14 of those were new.
In total, 27 schools brought classes to the indoor event, so it was a busy two days. Kryzanowski says more than 5,600 people came through the doors.
“Each year, this event becomes more popular especially with the public,” adds Kryzanowski.
There were more demonstrations in the 2017 show ring and many booths were more hands hand as well, which Kryzanowski says increased the learning experience for the students and youth.
Kryzanowski says organizers enjoy hosting this event each year as it gives them the opportunity to see young people experience and learn about agriculture.
It was a snowy day April 26, but Kryzanowski says weather never seems to hinder attendance.
“New knowledge of the agriculture industry and the importance that it has in southern Alberta,” adds Kryzanowski about what he hopes the children get out of the event.
Douglas Hall had a booth where he showcased his Hallmark Saddlery business.
Hall is based out of Cardston and was giving out small pieces of leather with a sample of his stamping technique to show the children how he stamps his saddles.
For the past two years, Hall wasn’t able to attend the event, but he says other than that he’s been coming for about five years prior to that.
He works on a lot of the tact for the mini chuckwagons, which always hold their world championships in Cardston at the Remington Carriage Museum.
“I just enjoy it,” he adds about why he participates.
Hall has been in business with Hallmark Saddlery since 1979.
He’s been doing leather work all of his life. Hall had the opportunity to purchase a leather franchise and started saddle work.

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