Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:47

Ag-Expo draws more than 21,000 people

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Shannon Liebceich with Farmers of North America (left) talks to Art Northcott, a farmer from Milo during the Ag Expo at the Lethbridge Exhibition Park, Feb. 28.  Shannon Liebceich with Farmers of North America (left) talks to Art Northcott, a farmer from Milo during the Ag Expo at the Lethbridge Exhibition Park, Feb. 28. Photo by Stephanie Labbe

For more than 50 years, the Lethbridge Exhibition Park has been hosting Ag-Expo, for farmers and ranchers to check out the new technology and meet others in the industry.


This year’s Ag-Expo took place Feb. 26-28 and Doug Kryzanowski, the manager of corporate relations, marketing, events and entertainment of Exhibition Park, says it was another great year.
The Ag-Expo is also one of the last agricultural shows in the circuit prior to spring.
“Ag-Expo is one of the final Ag. trade shows on the Ag. circuit before spring. Traditionally, farmers and ranchers use this show as their buying opportunity for their new equipment and to see new products. This year was not different from previous years as over 350 exhibitors attended the three-day event,” says Kryzanowski.
There were no new features at this year’s show, however, Kryzanowski says they would like to expand it as there are always more exhibitors wanting to take part, but can’t as they don’t have the space to allow for more.
“Due to our limitation of space in our buildings, we are not able to expand the way we would like to. In saying that then, we will continue to do the best we can with the space we have to make Ag-Expo the premiere show that it is,” adds Kryzanowski.
Despite the cool, winter weather, there were more than 21,000 people who attended Ag-Expo and every day was busy for the event.
“This Ag show is crucial to our Southern Alberta farm and ranch area, which is the major business driver in Southern Alberta,” explains Kryzanowski. 
Set up for the show is always a large task. Exhibition Park sees vendors coming in at the beginning of the week and the show opened on a Wednesday.
Over the next few years, Exhibition Park officials will work on an expansion project that is projected to allow for more exhibitors for future events such as Ag-Expo and The Home and Garden Show.
The total gross area per square foot that will be added with Phase 1 of the expansion will be 250,000 and it will cost about $62,651,000. The second phase of the project will add an additional 75,000 square feet to the building and cost $15,680,200.
Also this year, the annual Seed Fair was included in the Ag-Expo. It was once again another success.

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