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Aggie Days in Lethbridge to enlighten students on food sources

Written by  Nick Kuhl
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Exhibition Park marketing manager Doug Kryzanowski, left, and Bill Bier, owner of Half Diamond 4B Acres, attend a media announcement for Exhibition Parks 2016 UFA Aggie Days on April 13. Exhibition Park marketing manager Doug Kryzanowski, left, and Bill Bier, owner of Half Diamond 4B Acres, attend a media announcement for Exhibition Parks 2016 UFA Aggie Days on April 13. Southern Alberta Newspapers photo by Tijana Martin

Southern Alberta youths will soon have a chance to learn about where their food comes from and how it gets to their tables.


The 10th annual Aggie Days, a two-day education agricultural trade show with interactive elements, has been set for April 26 and 27 at Exhibition Park.
Co-presented by UFA and Exhibition Park, Aggie Days will feature many school groups attending.
The event will also be open to the public, with free admission, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day inside the North and South Pavilions.
“We’re pleased to be putting it on again this year,” said Doug Kryzanowksi, Exhibition Park’s marketing manager, during an announcement breakfast held April 13
“There’s such a routine going now that it’s from ground to table. For young people to know that not all your food, or any of your food, comes in a frozen package, or you have to go into a store to buy it; we feel it’s really important in that respect.”
“It is a fantastic program,” said Ken Scott, a UFA members relations representative. “Aggie Days are great for explaining the value that (agriculture) brings to the economy and to the food supply. This is a great way to help educate the youth.”
This year’s version already has 36 exhibitors lined up, including nine that are interactive, and there could still be more added before the event. Some of the new options for 2016 include a roping demonstration and a horse trickery demo, as well as a booth from the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre.
More than 30 school classes, from kindergarten to Grade 9 from across the region, have already signed up. Exhibition Park officials anticipate attendance of more than 5,000 people between the two days, up from 1,758 in the first year in 2007.
“It does take a while to get a message out,” Kryzanowski said. “But we feel with the trend now with ground to table, and education throughout the province, and throughout Canada actually, it’s important that people know where food production comes from. With more people in the world, the more true production we need.”

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