EXHIBITION PARK ANNOUNCES MAJOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH THE LETHBRIDGE LODGING ASSOCIATION (LLA)
For Immediate Release - Jan 16, 2019Lethbridge, Alberta – Exhibition Park in Lethbridge announced today that a major strategic partnership agreement has been signed with the Lethbridge Lodging Association (LLA/visitlethbrdge.com).
This strategic partnership will develop the base for promoting Exhibition Park as a major meeting and conference facility in Southern Alberta, the LLA Member hotel properties and Lethbridge as a destination.
“This partnership allows Exhibition Park to promote our current facilities and potentially a new facility in the future.” said Doug Kryzanowski, Manager of Marketing. “It is important that we become part of the Meetings and Conference industry and establish Exhibition Park and Lethbridge. The competition for meeting and conference business is highly competitive. In partnering with LLA, we can market to event planners across Canada and message that Lethbridge is a viable and affordable city to host their event, meeting or conference.”
Shilpa Stocker, Project Manager for LLA commented “the Lethbridge Lodging Association is proud to partner strategically with Exhibition Park, the fourth oldest Agriculture Society in Alberta. Lethbridge Lodging Association values Exhibition Park as an integral community asset and considers it a key component in its destination marketing strategy. Having supported and sponsored many events at Exhibition Park for more than a decade, we are pleased to formalize our affiliation and look forward to working together as Exhibition Park becomes the prime location in southern Alberta to host conferences, agricultural events, trade shows and special events.”
LLA is an association of Lethbridge accommodation properties working together to increase overnight stays for member properties. It strengthens the Lethbridge economy by partnering with and collaborating closely with organizations to create new and sustainable tourism opportunities in Lethbridge.
The association's website - VisitLethbridge.com allows visitors to: purchase their rooms online, see a list of activities and events to attend, and get information about Lethbridge as a destination. The website provides easy online booking and promotes Lethbridge as the ideal destination for corporate and leisure travel with entertainment and tourism options for all ages.
Lethbridge Lodging Association Hotel Members are Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western Plus Inn and Suites, Coast Lethbridge Hotel and Conference Center, University of Lethbridge LUX Hotel, and Lethbridge College Summer Housing.
Exhibition Park, with six buildings, Heritage Hall, West Pavilion, North Pavilion, South Pavilion, Main Pavilion and the Saddle Room hosts over 1550 rental nights per year with over 570 clients.
Rotary EX Agricultural Scholarship
For Immediate Release - Sept 11, 2018
Introducing The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and Exhibition Park $10,000 Agricultural Scholarship AwardLethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Exhibition Park and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East announced today a new scholarship award program for $10,000 for one of Lethbridge and District’s top agricultural students. The scholarship is to further recognize the importance of agriculture in our community by supporting a top student in their pursuit of an agricultural career.
- This scholarship will be presented to a student who has completed at least 3 years of college or university at a recognized institution. - The student must have demonstrated high academic achievement and leadership qualities in an agriculture related field.
The application must include:
- A covering letter which demonstrates their academic achievements, community contributions, leadership abilities and aspirations in an agriculture related field,
- Three letters of reference from their post-secondary institution and community leader(s) confirming the applicant’s volunteer / leadership qualities,
- An overview of their field of study to be supported by the scholarship.
-Final selection will be based on a formal interview with a Rotary Scholarship Committee. -Application will be available on line October 1st, at: -www.rotarylethbridgeeast.ca or exhibitionpark.ca -Applicants must apply before January 15, 2019.
Area of Eligibility:
The applicant must be a legal resident of: County of Lethbridge, County of Taber, County of Warner, County of Forty Mile, County of Cardston, County of Pincher Creek, County of Ranchlands, County of Willow Creek, County of Vulcan, Blood (Kainai) First Nations, Piikani First Nation, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass or the City of Lethbridge.
Lethbridge Rotary Exhibition Park Agricultural Scholarship Award Dinner Presentation
- Heritage Hall, Lethbridge Exhibition Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 Heritage Hall during Ag Expo 2019
- 5:00 pm—Reception sponsored by Viterra
- 6:30 pm—Prime Rib Dinner – Wine Sponsor – Vitality Clinic/EECP
- 7:30 pm - Award Presentation
- 8:00 pm—Guest Speaker—sponsored by Perlich Brothers Steve Koeckhoven, MBA, MSc, Market Research Manager, Nutrien
Steve works within the Market Research department at the newly formed Nutrien, based in Calgary, Alberta. He is also a partner in his family’s grain farm in southeast Saskatchewan.
At Nutrien, Steve and the Market Research work to understand what is currently happening in the global agricultural space and how it will affect the agricultural supply chain – to assist strategic decision-making. In the first half of the presentation, Steve will discuss global trends in the fertilizer, seed and chemical industries and the potential impacts of these trends to agricultural producers.
The root of Steve’s agricultural knowledge lies in his lifelong connection to the farm. After growing up on a dairy farm in Northern Alberta, his family exited the dairy industry in 2008 and purchased a grain farm in Saskatchewan which he actively helps to manage. In the second part of the presentation, Steve will remove his corporate hat, put on his farm hat, and give his thoughts on the industry at the farm level and what he and his family are doing to overcome the challenges facing agricultural producers.
Steve attained an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business and a Masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Alberta. Prior to, and during his tenure at Nutrien, Steve has held roles in consulting, finance, business development and sales – all within the agricultural space.
Table of 8 - $1,000 Individual Tickets - $125
12th Annual Downtown Lethbridge Summer Farmers’ Market Kicks Off Wednesday, July 4
For Immediate Release - Jun 7, 2018Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Exhibition Park and Downtown Lethbridge BRZ announced today that the 12th annual Downtown Farmers Market is in preparation to open on Festival Square in Downtown Lethbridge at 3rd Avenue and 6th Street South. The Downtown Lethbridge Farmers’ Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each Wednesday from July 4th to September 5th. To date, 19 exhibitors have registered to attend the opening of the Wednesday Market. There are 15 returning full time exhibitors and 4 new full time exhibitors, and casual exhibitors coming to diversify the market each week. Over 700 people attend the Wednesday market weekly. New handmade exhibitors are still being accepted. Applications also are being taken for the Community Table, which offers a free table to non-profit groups. There will be one $25 gift certificate draw made each week for a lucky Farmers’ market visitor. The returning vendors are:
- A Bit of This and a Bit of That
- Armada Farms
- Broxburn Vegetables Ltd
- Bruce Mason's Beef Jerky
- Carolyn’s Fry bread Tacos
- Forever Bee
- Huber Farms
- Jami Jewelry & Accessories
- JR Watkins
- New Rockport Farming Co. Ltd
- Noble Baking
- Stina’s Beauty
- SeyYes Clothing
- The Local Soap Company
- Walkers Own Produce
- Born to be Wired
- Blossoms, Blooms and Bouquets
- Meadow Creek Sausage and Meat Ltd
- Theoretically Brewing
- Psychedelic Space Crafts
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA APPROVES EXHIBITION PARK COMMUNITY INITIATIVES APPLICATION
For Immediate Release - May 24, 2018Lethbridge, Alberta – Exhibition Park’s Community Initiatives Program Project-Based (CIP P-B) Application to assist with technology purchases was approved for $49,592. Lethbridge East MLA Maria Fitzpatrick presented Exhibition Park with a cheque today specifically for technology upgrades at the park. “Our Lethbridge MLA’s are very strong supporters of Exhibition Park’s role in the community. As a result, the Provincial Government continues to assist with initiatives that focus on improving our service to our community and our customers. This grant serves as yet another example of that support.” – Rudy Friesen, CEO, Exhibition Park The CIP Grant is administered by Alberta Culture and Tourism and aims to foster healthy, vibrant communities across Alberta. The grants purpose is to have a positive effect on the quality of life in Alberta Communities. For further information contact: Rudy Friesen – CEO, Exhibition Park 403-328-4491
Farmer’s Market Returns to Exhibition Park - Opening Saturday, May 12!
For Immediate Release - May 7, 2018The annual favorite of Southern Albertans returns this Saturday, May 12 at Exhibition Park, indoors in the West Pavilion. The Farmer’s Market opens at 8:00 a.m. each Saturday and closes at 1:00 p.m. There is no admission or parking fee. Over 60 exhibitors are expected for this Saturday’s opening at the Farmers Market which is presented by Downtown Lethbridge. The Farmers' Market offers products that are made, baked or grown which means you can find crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade baking, art work, handmade clothing, and much more! Special Markets:
- May 12 – Mother’s day market. Sparkle tattoos, mother’s day crafts and flowers for moms.
- October 27 – Halloween – candy for the kids, dress up in costumes, games and crafts. Last market of the season.
CHILDREN'S FAMILY FESTIVAL MAY 4th & 5th!
For Immediate Release - April 12, 2018Lethbridge, Alberta – The EX will be packed with shopping for mom and the whole family, children’s organizations, clothing, jewellery, skin care, household items, toys, kids’ education and delicious food & beverage vendors! The E-Free Church Shop & Tot Drop Watch Area is back, by donation you can shop while your children still have fun in a safe supervised areas. Still accepting interested exhibitors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- May 4 – Friday – 3 to 8 pm
- May 5 – Saturday – 9am to 4 pm
- *North, South & Main Pavilions.*
- $5 per person 3 and under Free
- All tickets sold at the door.
- Parking: FREE
Entertainment information and times subject to change. Complete event details coming soon.
AGGIE DAYS IS RETURNING SOON!
For Immediate Release - March 29, 2018Free Agricultural Educational Trade Show for Students and Public Lethbridge, Alberta –The 12th annual Exhibition Park AGGIE DAYS, presented by UFA opens Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday April 25 at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge. This 2-day educational agricultural trade show is free of charge to the public and all schools that register to attend as a class. The event is open 9 to 3 each day. The agriculture trade show is interactive and educational for young people to learn and experience all aspects of agriculture. There are over 30 exhibitors registered to date. All exhibitors receive their booth space free of charge and donate their time to help educate the youth about agriculture and its’ importance. School classes are primarily from Grades one to nine and range from Lethbridge and Southern Alberta schools. On average over 30 schools attend Aggie Days. All school students that have registered through their teachers’ class and attend UFA Aggie Days are eligible to win 1 of 2 RESP’s worth $500 each from Exhibition Park and UFA.
|Exhibitors Registered to date:
Exhibitor space still available. Please contact email@example.com.
42ND ANNUAL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW IS COMING SOON!
For Immediate Release - March 08, 2018Lethbridge, Alberta – The 42nd annual Exhibition Park Home and Garden Show presented by Lethbridge Homebuilders opens Wednesday, March 21 at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge. This Show is a ‘one-stop’ opportunity to find all of the home, yard and garden ideas. Over 300 exhibitors are registered for the Home and Garden Show. Landscaping and Garden displays will highlight the show with outstanding booth set-ups that can make your front or back yard into the oasis of your dreams. Renovations design and Do–it-Yourself ideas will create many ideas for your home. BDO is hosting their 6th Annual Home & Garden Economic Forecast Breakfast on Friday, March 23. Speakers are Scott Fash, Director of Planning & Development for BILD Alberta, Trevor Lewington, CEO of Economic Development Lethbridge and Darrel Majdell BMO Regional VP Alberta Prairies. The complimentary breakfast is by Registration/RSVP only. Seating is limited. Register for your RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org Continuing in its sixth year is the BDO 5 Star Exhibitor Awards. Exhibitors will be selected on criteria that make their booth and service a compliment to the Show. The BURNCO Landscaper Challenge returns to Heritage Hall. BURNCO has challenged Lethbridge’s top landscape contractors to create a functional backyard landscape in Heritage Hall using a very minimal selection of materials, and do this in a very small space. The goal of the challenge is to have local landscape contractors demonstrate to the public, how creative their projects can be, using very common and economical products. This challenge will help the homeowner understand that a qualified and competent landscape contractor can deliver an outside living space that will not only improve their homes value, but will also improve their quality of life. The general public will be invited to judge and vote for their favorite landscape display at the BURNCO deck patio in Heritage Hall. The BURNCO deck patio is open during show hours for the public to relax and have a cold beverage and snack while they vote. Happy Hour in the BURNCO Patio is $5.00 drinks before 5 pm on Wed to Friday and there will be draw barrels in Heritage Hall for prizes to be won from BURNCO, Carefree Kitchens and CHBA. No purchase is necessary to enter the draws. The BURNCO Landscape winner will receive the “People’s Choice” plaque on the last day of the show and have it displayed at the BURNCO Landscape Westside location throughout the coming year.
The Home & Garden major prize giveaway is a $500 gift certificate to any Exhibitor of your choice. The draw barrel for entries will be located at the Information Booth – South area Main Pavilion. The Home & Garden Show guide will be dropped into City mailboxes starting March 12.The Home and Garden Show dates are:
- Wednesday to Friday March 21-22-231 to 8 pm
- Saturday March 24 10 to 5 pm
Admission is $7 per person with parking $5 per vehicle. Children under 10 are free.
AG EXPO & NORTH AMERICAN SEED FAIR IN SET-UP STAGE & READY TO OPEN NEXT WEDNESDAY!
For Immediate Release - February 23, 2018Lethbridge, Alberta – The 2018 South Country Co-Op Ag Expo, presented by Farm Credit Canada and North American Seed Fair Show, presented By Fortis Alberta are in the set-up stages for the opening of the three day show starting Wednesday, February 28 and ending Friday, March 2 at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, Alberta. Over 350 indoor exhibitors from across North America will attend this annual event. Ag Expo averages over 20,000 consumers over the three day show. 40 new exhibitors will be at the show this year. Outside displays on Machinery Row will utilize over 150,000 square feet of space. The times of the show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Admission is $7 per person, with children under 10 years free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. The North American Seed Fair, presented by Fortis Alberta will continues to display products from throughout the area. The Seed Fair has been established since 1897. New this Year – Coffee On Us – 10 am and 2 pm daily presented by Farm Credit Canada in three locations, Main, South and North Pavilions.
Lethbridge & District Exhibition 2018 Board of Directors
For Immediate Release - February 2, 2018Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge & District Exhibition named its 2018 Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Incumbent Directors Aaron Honess, John Rafa and Tom Mckenzie were acclaimed and will serve a 3 year term. The 2018 Board is as follows:
- Mike Davis – President
- Bruce Galts – 1st Vice President
- Bev Lanz – 2nd Vice President
- Bob Simonton
- Tom McKenzie
- Cathy Maxwell
- Ken Benson
- Rick Neudorf
- Mark Sayers
- Trinity Davies
- Aaron Honess
- John Rafa
- Andy Cumming – Past President
2018 EXHIBITION PARK SIGNATURE EVENTS
For Immediate Release - January 29, 2018Lethbridge, Alberta – 2018 Exhibition Park signature events. 1. AG-EXPO – Feb. 28 – March 2 -Over 350 exhibitors -Average annual attendance: 15 to 20,000 2. HOME & GARDEN – March 21-24 -Over 300 Exhibitors -Average annual attendance: 17 to 25,000 3. AGGIE DAYS – April 24 & 25 -Agricultural education & experiential event for youth -Over 35 exhibitors Average annual attendance - 5000 -Over 30 schools Free to Public 4. CHILDREN'S FAMILY FESTIVAL – May 4 & 5 -Family Fun event with Characters, Heroes & Games -Over 100 Exhibitors -Average annual attendance – 8 to 10,000 5. FARMERS MARKET EXHIBITION PARK - SATURDAYS May 12 - Oct. 27 -From 75 to 200 vendors -Average Saturday attendance 2500 -Annual Attendance over 6 months – 15,000 DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE FESTIVAL SQUARE – WEDNESDAYS July 4 to Sept. 5 -From 20 to 30 Vendors -Average Wednesday attendance – 1000 -Annual Attendance over 10 weeks – 10,000 6. OPEN FARM DAYS – Aug. 18 -One Day Farm tours of Southern Alberta Farms and Industries -Public are invited to register for the one-day tour 7. WHOOP-UP DAYS FAMILY FESTIVAL – Aug. 21-25 -Parade, Bucking & Barrels, Gas King Stage Concerts, Westcoast Midway, Festival Street Entertainment. -Honorary Parade Marshalls - Rotary Clubs of Lethbridge Celebrating 100 Years in Lethbridge in 2018. There are five Rotary clubs in Lethbridge with over 200 members providing fellowship and service opportunities that improve this community and the world. Also, Rotaract, at the University, and Interact at several of high schools are also making their mark with “ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY” program. 8. BIG CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET & TRADESHOW – Nov.30 & Dec. 1 -Over 250 Farmers Market & Exhibitors -Average annual attendance – 7 to 12,000 EXHIBITION PARK DIVERSITY In additions to the Signature events, Exhibition Park hosts for rental meetings, events, trade shows: 1. 1865 rental days (2017) 2. Over 570 Clients (2017) 3. Over 1500 exhibitors (2017) 4. Visitation of over 765,000 vistiors (2014) Economic Impact (2014) Over $74 million
EXHIBITION PARK RECEIVES GRANT FROM ALBERTA GOVERNMENT C.A.R.E.S PROGRAM
For Immediate Release - January 19, 2018Lethbridge, Alberta – As part of the Alberta Jobs Plan, the Alberta government allocated $30 million over 2 years to promote long-term economic growth and prosperity in Alberta’s communities and regions through the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program. Lethbridge & District Exhibition was awarded $1.1 million for the “shovel ready” document for Phase One - the Trade and Convention Centre. This is the largest award to date through this program. It supports a key move forward in a community development plan that has been in the works for several years. “This funding announcement is great news that will help move this project forward from a conceptual plan to having a detailed design to make it shovel-ready. The City of Lethbridge has committed $1.1 million in matching funding in our capital budget for this design work, and we remain hopeful that grant funding will become available in the future to make this Trade, Convention Centre & Agri-Plex project at Exhibition Park a reality for the businesses and residents of Lethbridge and our surrounding region.” - Mayor Spearman, City of Lethbridge “I am very pleased to see that the Lethbridge Exhibition has received this significant funding from the CARES program. CARES funding is meant to build local capacity and achieve a positive regional impact for a shared, collaborative vision for the future and demonstrates our government’s commitment to building the economy. The Lethbridge Exhibition has shown tremendous leadership and vision for their future and the future of our city and region. I look forward to continuing our collaboration with them. “ - Shannon Phillips, MLA Lethbridge West “This is a good news story for businesses and citizens of Lethbridge and district. The finding allows us to move forward and take the next important step in realizing an important development for the community. Replacement of the aging facilities at Exhibition Park has wide spread support from businesses and residents on Lethbridge and the Region. Funding this plan gets us one step closer.” - Mike Davis, President, Exhibition Park
For further information contact: Rudy Friesen – CEO, Exhibition Park 403-328-4491
EXHIBITION PARK ANNOUNCES 2017 NYE FIRWORKS
For Immediate Release - December 21, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta - Thank you Lethbridge & SouthernAlberta for celebrating EX Park’s 120th & Canada’s 150th with us! In appreciation of your support, celebrate NYE fireworks!
📍 Sunday, Dec 31 @ 9pm 📌 EX Park South Lot
EXHIBITION PARK WHOOP-UP DAYS ANNOUNCES A ONE-DAY ONLY 120 ANNIVERSARY GATE ADMISSION SPECIAL
For Immediate Release - August 23, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta - Whoop-Up Days announced today a one-day only special gate admission in celebration of the 120th Anniversary of Exhibition Park. On Thursday, August 24, the special gate admission will be offered at $5 per person from 1 to 5 pm only. This special is in effect for one day only. This price does not affect other advance ticket or regular gate tickets that have been purchased. “This is our way to give back to the community on our Anniversary, and with the great weather this week has had so far, it is an affordable opportunity for people to experience Whoop-Up Days, said Rudy Friesen, CEO of Exhibition Park. .
Exhibition Park Lethbridge Whoop-Up Days Update
For Immediate Release - August 18, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta -CLOSING: Gates close at 11 pm BUT anyone that is in the Park can ride the midway until midway decides to close. If one leaves after 11 pm, then is no re-entry to the Park. -TICKETS: Advance tickets for Gate and Super tickets are on sale until Midnight – August 21. Gate admission $12 – Save $3 Super tickets $40, Save $15. From Tuesday to Saturday – during Whoop-Up Week, Gate tickets are $15 and Super Tickets are $55. Gas King will be selling regular admission tickets only throughout the week. -GRANDSTAND CONCERTS: Tickets – still seats available. There is NO reserved seating. Grandstand Concert tickets will remain on sale at Gas King until after the Wednesday concert. Grandstand Concert tickets will also be sold at the gate on Tuesday and Wednesday nights -PARADE: Tuesday – due to cancellations there are 10 spaces left in Parade. Parade Marshalls – Salute to Rio - Lethbridge Olympians. Rachel Nicol and Zack McCallister have confirmed they will be attending. Ashley and Heather Steacy and unable to attend due to other commitments. -MAIN PAVILION MARKETPLACE TRADESHOW: 65 vendors to this writing,1 booth space left. -FESTIVAL STREET FAIR FOOD VENDORS: SOLD OUT 18 food truck vendors. Fair FOOD CHALLENGE - Judging will take place on Tuesday, August 22nd at 1:30pm on Festival Street. Food eating Media contest will be on Wednesday, August 23rd at 1:30pm in EX 120 Pendleton Whisky Saloon. -EX 120 PENDLETON WHISKY SALOON: Opens at 4 pm Wednesday to Saturday. $4 Happy Hour 4 pm to 6 pm. Mechanical Bulls rides – 3 for $10; Proceeds to Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association. Enter to win a trip for 2 to Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton in November. Accommodations 2 nights & 3 performances tickets. Come and play a challenge game of GIANT Jenga….Edge-of-your-seat FUN!! -FIREWORKS: At this writing – there are no fireworks due to the fire ban. However we will be in daily contact with the Fire Marshall for updates. -CITY ROAD CONSTRUCTION: 6th Avenue construction – due to be completed by Monday. If not, expect traffic congestion. View full entertainment and event details here.
Exhibition Park Lethbridge Farmers' Market Will be accepting Craft Beer Vendors
For Immediate Release - August 4, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta - Exhibition Park announced today that Craft Beer vendors will be accepted into the Lethbridge Farmers' Markets. “With the Alberta Government announcing to allow Craft Beer exhibitors into the Alberta sanctioned Farmers' Markets, we are pleased to announce that the Lethbridge Farmers' Markets will be accepting applications from local craft area companies. This allows even more local Alberta product to be evident at our Markets, stated Doug Kryzanowski, Manager of Marketing at Exhibition Park. “Currently we have 2 Alberta wineries in the Market, so this addition of beer is a good compliment to the variety of products, added Kryzanowski. Currently the Saturday Market has over 90 vendors and the Downtown Market has over 25 vendors. The Farmers' Market at Exhibition Park and Downtown Lethbridge are the only two sanctioned Alberta Farmers’ Market in Lethbridge. The Saturday Farmers' Market continues every Saturday until October 28, and the Downtown Summer Market on Wednesday until Sept. 6. The Farmers' Market offers products that are made, baked or grown which means you can find crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, home made baking, art work, hand made clothing, and much more! Over 3000 people attend the Saturday Markets. The Saturday Market is the largest of its’ kind in Southern Alberta. All Farmers' Market information is available here.
FARMERS MARKET ALBERTA IMPACT
- Market value for farmers' markets tripled since 2004, reaching $724 million in 2012
- Almost 75% of Alberta households purchased food at farmers' markets.
- Annual spending per household in 2012 for farmers' markets rose substantially to $671.
- Average per visit spending at farmers' markets increased to $55.
- Over 80% of farmers' market expenditures were made on food grown or made in Alberta.
Exhibition Park & UFA Kick Off 2nd Annual Open Farm Days Tour
For Immediate Release - July 14, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta - 2nd Annual Exhibition Park Open Farm Days is a collaborative, province wide event that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the agricultural industry up close and personal. In Canada, Open Farm Days has taken place in Canada for over 10 years originating in the Maritimes. In Alberta, 2017 will be the fifth annual Alberta Open Farm Days on August 19 and 20. 2nd Annual Exhibition Park/UFA Open Farms Day Information: The tour will begin at the Lethbridge Exhibition Park North parking area and departing at 9:00am. The tour includes 4 farms. (Subject to change) Guests will be encouraged to come early to enjoy the farmers market before the bus departs. Tickets: $40 each – all ages and is limited to 48. Included is luxury bus coach transportation, refreshments and lunch. Tickets are on sale now and available to the public at UFA Lethbridge and Exhibition Park Reception at 3401 Parkside Drive South or by calling 403 – 328 – 4491.
Tour Stops:Broek Pork Acres is a unique and local direct marketing family farm that raises and processes pasture raised hogs and have a clear focus on quality rather than quantity. Their pasture to plate process includes hands on approach that ensures the quality and freshness of the end product. They grow their own grain & hay for feed, raise their own hogs, process the meat and market the pork to various high end restaurants, meat shops, community grocery stores and directly to Albertan families. This tour stop will showcase the ins and outs of running a protein producer farm as well as some hands on elements to showcase the daily jobs at the farm. Fairwinds Farm produces organic goat milk and cheeses from goats they raise on their farm. The Oudshoorn family is the people behind the Farm, which is located outside fort Macleod. They began goat farming in 1994 and started selling milk in 1999. They are a certified organic farm and use no hormones or different breeding practices. They produce their own organic hay and feed on the farm for the goats. This tour stop will show the entire process of running a cheese farm, from the milking to the processing of all of their different products. Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association is a non-profit organization that provides therapy through contact with horses. The Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association is composed of the Kinsmen Learning Centre which houses offices and activity areas, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, stables, paddocks and pastures situated on 44 acres of land. Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding hopes to showcase the needs and duties of caring for horses, from the care of their hooves to the job of saddling up. This will be a very interactive stop getting up close and personal to a 1,000 kg animal. Fork in the Rowed A small scale organic farm in southern Alberta currently in the process of becoming fully organic certified. They produce an array of different vegetables as well as offer high quality BC fruit. The sustainable operation uses solar power, rain water, and a lot of manual labor to harvest the crops. This stop will explain the process of running an organic farm as well as showcasing the day to day duties from planting to harvesting the produce they grow.
- 8:00 am Tour Farmers Market at Lethbridge Exhibition Park
- 9:00 am Board Bus – Depart to first farm
- 9:30 am Tour first farm – Broek Pork Acres
- 10:30 pm Board Bus – Depart to Fairwinds Farm
- 11:15 pm Arrive at second farm- Fairwinds Farm
- 12:15 pm Board bus – Depart to Therapeutic Riding Academy facility (lunch on bus)
- 1:15 pm Arrive at – Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding
- 2:30 pm Board bus – Depart for fourth farm - Fork in the Rowed
- 2:45 pm Arrive at fourth farm – Fork in the Rowed
- 3:45 pm Depart for Exhibition Park
- 4:00 pm Arrive Back
2017 Downtown Lethbridge Farmers Market Media Release
For Immediate Release - June 27, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta - 12th Annual Downtown Lethbridge Summer Farmers’ Market Kicks Off Wednesday, July 5 Lethbridge Exhibition Park and Downtown Lethbridge BRZ announced today that the 12th annual Downtown Farmers Market is in preparation to open on Festival Square in Downtown Lethbridge at 3rd Avenue and 6th Street South. The Downtown Lethbridge Farmers’ Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each Wednesday from July 5th to September 6th. 24 vendors have registered to attend the opening of the Wednesday Market. There are 19 returning full time vendors and 5 new full time vendors, and casual vendors coming to diversify the market each week. Over 700 people attend the Wednesday market weekly. New vendors are still being accepted. Applications also are being taken for the Community Table, which offers a free table to non profit groups. Prize giveaways will highlight the Downtown Market also. In celebration of the 120 Anniversary, Exhibition Park will give away a $120 Gift card for the Saturday Farmers Market. Entry will only be at the Downtown Market. Draw to be made after the Sept. 6 Downtown Market. Downtown Lethbridge, visitlethbridge and the Lethbridge Bulls Baseball Club also will be part of the kick-off to the Summer farmers Market next Wednesday with weekly contests to win tickets to Bulls games. In addition, Lethbridge Bulls players will be present with their Mascot, T-Bone for a meet and greet and autograph session. Bring your Bulls souvenirs to get autographed. There will also be bleacher ticket vouchers giveaways. In addition, Downtown Lethbridge, visitlethbridge.com and the Lethbridge Bulls have teamed up to provide the Ultimate Fan Experience package for the final Downtown Farmers Market on September 6th. The Ultimate Fan Experience package includes two Lethbridge Bulls season tickets for the 2018 season, two baseballs autographed by the 2017 team, two hats and two t-shirts with a total value of $750. Details can be found at VisitLethbridge.com and DowntownLethbridge.com. The Downtown Farmers is one of the 2 accredited Alberta Farmers Market in Lethbridge. The other is the Farmers Market at Exhibition Park that is held on Saturdays from mid-May to October 28th from 8 am to 1 pm.
The returning vendors are: 4 Sisters Sweet Shoppe, AIG Produce Osoyoos, Armada Farms, Avon Canada, Broxburn Vegetables Ltd, Bruce Mason's Beef Jerky, Forever Bee, Gosia's Pierogies, Harvest Haven, Huber Farms, JAG Feather Hair Extensions, Jami Jewelry & Accessories, JR Watkins, New Rockport Farming Co. Ltd, Noble Baking, Sekhmet Lotions & Potions, The Local Soap Company, Walkers Own Produce.
The new vendors are: Bubbles & Balms, Lipsense by Senegence, SeyYes Clothing, Spearmint Green Drops / Essential Edge, Yellow House Red Barn Farm.
Casual Vendors are: Johnson's Farm Fresh Corn, Ebony & Ivory Candle Co., Pink Swan Boutique, Fake It Til U Make It Jewelry, Aj's Diner - Simple Simon Pies
2017 Farmers' Market Media Release
For Immediate Release May 2, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta- The ever popular and annual favorite of Southern Albertans returns Saturday, May 13 at Exhibition Park, indoors in the West Pavilion. The Saturday Farmer’s Market starting May 13, opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. The last market of the season is on October 28. There is no admission or parking fee. Over 50 exhibitors are expected for this Saturday’s opening at the West Pavilion Farmers Market which is presented by Downtown Lethbridge. The Farmers' Market offers products that are made, baked or grown which means you can find crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, home made baking, art work, hand made clothing, and much more! Over 3000 people attend the Saturday Markets.
Special Markets:May 13th – First Market- Face painter for the kids, Craft area for kids to make mothers day cards & Flowers for the moms. Still in the planning stages so things may change July 1 – Canada Day- Tattoos and candy for the kids, Craft area, wear your Red & White! August 12 – The Dream Catchers in Pioneer Park- Gates open at 11. Food and shopping vendors, The Dream Catcher Dancers Dance performance at 1:15 after the market closes. Gates close at 3. Free Admission October 28th – Halloween - Candy for the kids who come dressed in costumes, Costume contest for Vendors, and Costume contest for adults who come dressed up. Kids craft area.
WEDNESDAY DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE FARMERS MARKETIn its’ 11th year, the Downtown Lethbridge Farmers’ Market opens Wednesday starting July 5th and each Wednesday thereafter through to September 6. The location is on Festival Square at 3rd Avenue and 6th Street South and times will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An average of 700 people attend the Wednesday market weekly. A future scrum for additional Downtown Market information will be held in in June. New vendors are still being accepted for both markets. Applications also are being taken for the Community Table, which offers a free table to non profit groups. Contact Tracy Austin at 403 –317-3206 or email@example.com for more information on being a vendor or using the Community table. ******************* The Farmers' Market at Exhibition Park and Downtown Lethbridge are the only 2 sanctioned Alberta Farmers’ Market in Lethbridge. The Saturday Market is the largest of its’ kind in Southern Alberta and is rated as one of the top 10 best Farmer’s Markets in Alberta. All Farmer’s Market information is available on line at www.exhibitionpark.ca The Westside Farmers Market has been discontinued.
FARMERS MARKET ALBERTA IMPACT Market value for farmers' markets tripled since 2004, reaching $724 million in 2012 Almost 75% of Alberta households purchased food at farmers' markets. Annual spending per household in 2012 for farmers' markets rose substantially to $671. Average per visit spending at farmers' markets increased to $55. Over 80% of farmers' market expenditures were made on food grown or made in Alberta. The following info comes from 2012 research and can be found at: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/explore14403
2017 UFA AGGIE DAYS Media Release
For Immediate Release - April 11, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta WATCH LIVE: UFA Aggie Days Media Release More: http://www.exhibitionpark.ca/ufa-aggie-days/
2017 Children's Family Festival Media Release
For Immediate Release - March 28, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta WATCH LIVE: Children's Family Festival Media Release More: www.exhibitionpark.ca/childrens-family-festival/
41st ANNUAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
For Immediate Release - March 8, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta - The 41st annual Home and Garden Show presented by Exhibition Park and the Canadian Homebuilders Association, Lethbridge Region opens Wednesday, March 22 at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge. This Show is a ‘one-stop’ opportunity to find all of the home, yard and garden ideas. Over 300 exhibitors are registered for the Home and Garden Show. A wait list for exhibitors is in place for any last minute cancellations. Landscaping and Garden displays will highlight the show with outstanding booth set-ups that can make your front or back yard into the oasis of your dreams. Renovations, design and Do –it- Yourself ideas will create many ideas for your home.
HERITAGE HALL WILL BE A BUSY PLACE THIS YEAR!!!
- New in Heritage Hall – the BURNCO Landscaper Challenge! BURNCO has been a long time supporter of Home and Garden Show and have offered to stage this new landscape challenge. BURNCO has challenged four of Lethbridge’s top landscape contractors to create a functional backyard landscape in Heritage Hall using a very minimal selection of materials, and do this in a very small space. The goal of the challenge is to have local landscape contractors demonstrate to the public, how creative their projects can be, using very common and economical products. This challenge will help the homeowner understand that a qualified and competent landscape contractor can deliver an outside living space that will not only improve their homes value, but will also improve their quality of life.
- Landscapers Earthlings Inc., Hedgecore Landscaping, DT Renovations and Country Landscapes were instructed to keep the Landscape projects under $10,000 with labor and materials included.
- The general public will be invited to judge these displays, and vote for their favorite landscape display.
- The BURNCO Landscape winner will receive the “People’s Choice” plaque on the last day of the show and have it displayed at the BURNCO Landscape Westside location throughout the coming year.
- “THE PATIO” – is a newly constructed BURNCO deck. It will be open during show hours for the public to relax and purchase snacks and have a cold beverage. The draw barrel to vote on your choice for the favorite landscape design will be at the Patio.
- Lethbridge & District Horticultural Society and Ferguson Paint will be doing daily presentations in Heritage hall about Gardening practices and painting techniques. Schedule is in the show guide.
- Lethbridge & District Horticultural Society will be doing seed planting with the first 100 kids Saturday from 1-4 pm in Heritage Hall…. to teach them about how seeds grow and how they can grow their own gardens at home.
The Home and Garden Show dates are:
- Wednesday to Friday March 22-23-24 > Open 1 to 8 pm Saturday March 25 > Open 10 to 5 pm
- Admission is $7 per person with parking $5 per vehicle. Children under 10 are free.
2017 Event Dates Media Release
For Immediate Release - Fedruary 23, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge & District Exhibition announce 2017 annual event dates to media.
Lethbridge & District Exhibition named its 2017 Board of Directors
For Immediate Release - Fedruary 3, 2017Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge & District Exhibition named its 2017 Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2017. There were six positions available for 2017. Incumbents, Rick Neudorf, Bruce Galts and Mark Sayers were re-elected for a 3 year term. Newly elected director Trinity Davies will serve a 3 year term and newly elected directors Aaron Honess and John Rafa were elected to a 1 year term. In a subsequent Board Meeting, the new Board elected its Officers. The newly elected President is Mike Davis; 1st Vice President is Bruce Galts and 2nd Vice President is Bev Lanz. The 2017 Board is as follows:
- Mike Davis – President
- Bruce Galts – 1st Vice President
- Bev Lanz – 2nd Vice President
- Bob Simonton
- Tom McKenzie
- Cathy Maxwell
- Ken Benson
- Rick Neudorf
- Mark Sayers
- Trinity Davies
- Aaron Honess
- John Rafa
- Andy Cumming – Past President