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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:06

Agriculture industry getting ready for its big weekend

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By Jamie Woodford
Something big is coming to southwestern Alberta.
If you’re in the agriculture industry ... you know. Ag Expo is coming Feb. 29, March 1 and 2 at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge.

The show has been around for as long as most can remember and is considered one of, if not the, biggest ag shows in Western Canada. It’s so popular Ag Expo easily sells out of exhibitor space. This year is no exception.

“We always have a waiting list,” said Doug Kryzanowski, Exhibition Park marketing manager. “Generally every year we run a 40 to 50 company waiting list. The history of the show is when they get in, they stay in. If you get out, then you drop to the bottom of the list.”

Even with a combined 200,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor space, the show is bigger than the grounds can house.

“We have a space issue with the buildings we’re in. We just can’t fit more people that want to get in,” he said.

More than 400 exhibitors will have information booths and displays at the show including “machinery row” with the latest and greatest in farm and ranch equipment to show off to the average 20,000 people who attend the three-day event.

In addition to livestock supplies, irrigation equipment and chemicals, some exhibitors will showcase new technology, brokerage services, communications, and banking services.

“We always know Ag Expo is going to be a successful show,” Kryzanowski said.

Although there are no new features of the show this year, Kryzanowski said exhibitors will likely have a lot of new products and information for those who attend.

“We let the show take its own course with the companies that want to entertain their clients and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “Over the years, we tried seminars and all that, but we just don’t have the space for it, so it’s basically an information and selling show for the exhibitors to their clients.”

Ag Expo will also host the North American Seed Fair at the South Pavilion. One of the oldest Seed Fairs in Western Canada, the event features more than 53 classes including pedigreed seed, open and junior classes.

Ag Expo runs 9 a.m to 5 p.m. each day.

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