Media Release

Southern Alberta Home & Garden Show Moving To A Virtual Database Format

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Apr, 6 2021  |  Events & Entertainment


Lethbridge, AB – Lethbridge & District Exhibition today announced the upcoming launch of the Southern Alberta Home & Garden directory with its partner BILD Lethbridge.

“The Home & Garden Show is the unofficial start to the backyard season for so many in southern Alberta,” said Lethbridge & District Exhibition COO Mike Warkentin. “In light of the current restrictions we are ensuring that the businesses that participate in the Home & Garden Show still have a place to feature their products and services to the community for the full 12 months of the year”

The online platform goes live on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, coinciding with the previously scheduled opening of the in-person Southern Alberta Home & Garden Show 2021, which will not be taking place this year due to indoor gathering restrictions.

Looking forward, each year hglethbridge.ca will host the annual directory and event show guide, using targeted social media posts to promote the industry in our region.

About Lethbridge & District Exhibition

Exhibition Park, under the management and leadership of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, is the premiere destination for bringing people together from all over the world in Lethbridge. It accelerates economic opportunity through the delivery of memorable experiences. For more information, please visit exhibitionpark.ca


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For more information, please contact:
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Construction begins on Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Mar, 31 2021  |  News and Updates


LETHBRIDGE, AB – Construction officially commenced on the 268,000-square foot Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre, the largest development project in the history of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, at the official sod-turning ceremony today at Exhibition Park.

The $70.5 million project is being managed by Ward Bros. Construction Ltd. of Lethbridge. The project will create nearly 400 construction jobs over the next 20 months. Up to 50 new, full-time permanent positions will also be created to operate the facility when it opens in early 2023.

“With additional capacity for events and opportunities for local producers, businesses and students, the hub is an exciting example of the bold, ambitious and forward-thinking projects powered by Alberta’s Recovery Plan,” said Premier Jason Kenney. “This development will help position Alberta for prosperity by creating jobs, attracting investment, and showcasing our province’s growing value-added food sector.”

The new facility will double current hosting capacity to accommodate more and larger national and international events with up to 7,000 people. Once operational, the Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre is expected contribute more than $90 million every year to the regional economy.

“The Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre is going to ignite economic growth, not just Lethbridge and the southern Alberta economy, but also for Canada`s agricultural industry,” said Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman. “It will attract more traffic both from within the community, but more importantly from throughout the world, to come to Lethbridge. This will generate more direct flights to our city, increase demand for hotels and generate new investment in our community.”

The Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre is funded by the Government of Alberta, through Alberta’s Recovery Plan, the City of Lethbridge, which will maintain ownership of the land, and a 30-year loan secured against the future operations of the facility.

“The new Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre is becoming a reality because of the unprecedented shared vision and collaboration of the Government of Alberta, the City of Lethbridge, Lethbridge & District Exhibition and our partners, especially those in our agriculture community,” said Mike Warkentin, chief operating officer of Lethbridge & District Exhibition. “Already, this project is becoming a centre of gravity for attracting jobs and people to Lethbridge.”

About Lethbridge & District Exhibition

Park, under the management and leadership of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, is the premiere destination for bringing people together from all over the world in Lethbridge. It accelerates economic opportunity through the delivery of memorable experiences. For more information, please visit exhibitionpark.ca


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For more information, please contact:
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P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca


Lethbridge Farmers' Markets Preparing for 2021 Season Connecting Local Vendors and Shoppers

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Mar, 16 2021  |  Events & Entertainment


Lethbridge, AB – March 16, 2021 – Lethbridge & District Exhibition today announced the countdown is on for the May 8 kick-off of the Saturday Farmers’ Markets at Exhibition Park. Also returning are the Wednesday Farmers’ Markets, in partnership with the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ, starting on July 7, 2021.  

Lethbridge, AB – March 16, 2021 – Lethbridge & District Exhibition today announced the countdown is on for the May 8 kick-off of the Saturday Farmers’ Markets at Exhibition Park. Also returning are the Wednesday Farmers’ Markets, in partnership with the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ, starting on July 7, 2021.  

“With the official start of spring only days away, Lethbridge & District Exhibition is busy covering all the bases to make sure this year’s farmers’ markets are safe and ‘the place to go’ for fresh produce and local products,” said Mike Warkentin, COO, Lethbridge & District Exhibition. “And we are happy to announce that Hickory Street BBQ has been named the official Pitmaster of the Lethbridge Farmers’ Market and will be set up at both Saturday and Wednesday markets this year.”

Hickory Street has been serving authentic Southern BBQ to southern Alberta since 2019 from their food truck and restaurant,” said Devynn Bohn, owner of Hickory Street and official Pitmaster of the Lethbridge Farmers’ Market. “We are thrilled to partner with the Lethbridge Farmers’ Market to create a space in Lethbridge to enjoy our smoked meats and classic sides. This partnership will provide an excellent complement to the local vendors and products found each week at the Farmers’ Market.”

“The health and safety of guests, vendors and staff remains the highest priority when putting on our events,” added Warkentin.

Both Farmers’ Markets will again adhere to strict social distancing guidelines set out by AHS, including, but not limited, to a one-entry/one-exit system. Vendors will be required to submit a signed COVID-19 screening document prior to each week’s market. Vendors and guests who self-diagnose or show any of the common symptoms for COVID-19 are required to not participate in Farmers’ Market activities until they have been given approval and appropriate documentation to do so.

“We are excited to once again co-host the Wednesday Farmers’ Market in Lethbridge’s downtown core,” Tulene Steiestol, Downtown BRZ executive director. “The market is a great opportunity to showcase local producers and vendors and gives market-goers the opportunity to further explore the shops, restaurants and services of our vibrant downtown.”

Weekly vendor lists will be shared on social media, as participants vary week to week. All Farmers’ Market information, including exhibitor applications, is available online at exhibitionpark.ca/farmers-market.

The 2021 Farmers’ Market Saturday runs May 8 – October 9, 2021, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the North Pavilion at Exhibition Park.

The 2021 Farmers’ Market Wednesday, in partnership with Downtown Lethbridge BRZ, runs July 7 – September 15, 2021, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in downtown Lethbridge, 2 Avenue South & 5 Street South across from Galt Gardens.

About Lethbridge & District Exhibition

Exhibition Park, under the management and leadership of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, is the premiere destination for bringing people together from all over the world in Lethbridge. It accelerates economic opportunity through the delivery of memorable experiences.


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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca

Innovative Online Directory set to Connect B2B Agriculture Businesses in Southern Alberta

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Mar, 5 2021  |  Events & Entertainment


Lethbridge, AB - Lethbridge & District Exhibition today announced a new way for the agriculture community to come together, allowing vendors, exhibitors and businesses access that they would traditionally have at AG-EXPO.

“We wanted to ensure that the businesses that participate in AG-EXPO still have a place to come together in light of the current health restrictions” said Lethbridge & District Exhibition COO Mike Warkentin. “The new virtual directory is an opportunity for these vendors and businesses to be part of the conversation 12-months of the year.”

Warkentin added, “As an agriculture society, we wanted to ensure that we were providing the same or similar opportunities for the economy, but in a safe and responsible way.”

The online platform goes live on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, coinciding with the previously scheduled opening of the in-person AG-EXPO 2021, which will not be taking place this year due to indoor gathering restrictions.

Looking forward, each year ag-expo.ca will host the annual directory and event show guide, using targeted social media posts to promote agri-business in our region.

About Lethbridge & District Exhibition

Exhibition Park, under the management and leadership of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, is the premiere destination for bringing people together from all over the world in Lethbridge. It accelerates economic opportunity through the delivery of memorable experiences.


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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca

Lethbridge & District Exhibition and Rotary Club of Lethbridge East Announce 2021 Recipients of $10,000 Agricultural Scholarship Awards

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Feb, 25 2021  |  Events & Entertainment


Brady Donkersgoed, Bill Mains (Rotary East President), Mike Warkentin (Lethbridge & District Exhibition - COO), Aaron Lorenz - Live Zoom Presentation

Lethbridge – Feb. 25, 2021 – Lethbridge & District Exhibition and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 agricultural scholarship awards. At a virtual award presentation earlier this evening, University of Lethbridge student Aaron Lorenz and University of Alberta student Brady Donkersgoed each received a $10,000 scholarship award to support their post-secondary studies in the field of agriculture. Agriculture and agri-business in southern Alberta are multibillion dollar industries.

“We wait with excitement for this night every year,” said Mike Warkentin, COO, Lethbridge & District Exhibition. “The opportunity to help shape the future leaders of the agriculture industry is something that is part of the fabric of Lethbridge & District Exhibition. Both recipients of this year’s scholarships are already incredible community members, and we look forward to them being ambassadors for both of our great organizations.”

“Congratulations to Aaron and Brady on being the 2021 agriculture scholarship award recipients,” said Bill Mains, Rotary Club of Lethbridge East president and member of the scholarship organizing committee. “This year marks an historic milestone for Rotary Club of Lethbridge East – 60 years of serving our community, and the world. Four of our founders were farmers and several others had careers in service industries. Our connection to agriculture remains as strong today as it was in the beginning; our entire scholarship committee, as well as several other club members, have roots or careers in agriculture. The agricultural scholarship is our latest partnership with the Lethbridge Exhibition.”

“We want to acknowledge everyone who submitted an application for this year’s scholarships,” said Wayne Lindwall, Rotary Club of Lethbridge East member and scholarship selection committee member. “We received 17 submission which were reviewed by a six-person selection committee. The calibre of the submissions was impressive and shows the future of agriculture in southern Alberta should be in good hands when these students enter the workforce.”

Each year, the AG Scholarship Committee (non-profit) raises thousands of dollars to further recognize the importance of agriculture in our community by supporting local students in their pursuit of an agricultural career. The Lethbridge & District Exhibition and Rotary Club of Lethbridge East Agricultural $10,000 Scholarship(s) are southern Alberta’s most coveted awards for post-secondary undergraduate agriculture students.

A special thank you to the sponsors who helped make this year’s scholarship awards a reality:

• Witdouck Farms Ltd – 50/50 Partner
• University of Lethbridge – Agility Program & Dhillon School of Business – Silent Auction Partner
• Farm Credit Canada – Guest speaker partner
• Lethbridge Herald & Country 95.5 -Exclusive media partners

About Lethbridge & District Exhibition

Exhibition Park, under the management and leadership of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, is the premiere destination for bringing people together from all over the world in Lethbridge. It accelerates economic opportunity through the delivery of memorable experiences.


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Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca

Aaron Lorenz, scholarship award recipient
403-308-8375 aaron.lorenz2@uleth.ca

Brady Donkersgoed, scholarship award recipient
403-795-0860/403-345-3029 donkersg@ualberta.ca

Lethbridge & District Exhibition Elects New President and Four New Directors 

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Jan, 29 2021  |  Corporate Update


Lethbridge, AB – January 29, 2021 – At the annual meeting last evening (January 28, 2021) of the Lethbridge & District Exhibition, Bev Lanz was elected as the 55th President of the Board of Directors.

“I am honoured to be elected as the president of the Lethbridge & District Exhibition,” said Lanz. “These are exciting times as we begin redevelopment of Exhibition Park and I am looking forward to the day the doors of the Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre open in 2023.”

Also elected were:

  • First Vice President: Ryan Miller
  • Second Vice President: Russ Zemp

Members of Board of Directors:

  • Henry Doeve (2nd term elected to the Board)
  • Mark Sayers (3rd term elected to the Board)
  • Heath Wright (1st term elected to Board)

Continuing their terms on the Board of Directors are:

  • Bruce Galts (who becomes Past President)
  • Rick Neudorf
  • Steve Campbell (County of Lethbridge appointee)
  • Cathy Maxwell
  • Don Strankman

Four departing volunteer members of the Board of Directors were thanked by shareholders and Administration for their commitment and service to the organization:

  • Mike Davis, departing as Past President after eight years of service on the Board
  • Tom McKenzie, after six years of service
  • John Rafa, after four years of service
  • Aaron Honess, after four years of service

“For more than 120 years, volunteer leadership of Lethbridge & District Exhibition has paved the way for our success,” said Mike Warkentin, Chief Operating Officer. “As we embark on a historic new chapter in the history of Exhibition Park, we couldn’t ask for a better group of community leaders to push us forward.”


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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca

Three Lethbridge Trade and Consumer Shows Postponed Three Weeks Due to COVID-19

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Jan, 25 2021  |  Park Programming


Lethbridge – Three upcoming trade and consumer shows in Lethbridge have been rescheduled to comply with current Alberta Health Services and Government of Alberta health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 outbreak, Lethbridge & District Exhibition announced today.

The rescheduled events hosted by Lethbridge & District Exhibition are:

“We are taking the extraordinary step of rescheduling these important events to ensure that more than 600 small and medium-sized businesses in southern Alberta can still have the opportunity to safely showcase their goods and services, as well as maintaining a clean and safe environment for the guests and customers,” said Mike Warkentin, Chief Operating Officer of Lethbridge & District Exhibition. “All these events contribute significantly to the economy of Lethbridge and southern Alberta.”

All events at Exhibition Park must adhere to strict social distancing rules, advanced and on-site health screening of all guests and vendors as well as comprehensive sanitization protocols.

“Despite all the safety precautions we have in place, these events will only go forward if government guidelines are relaxed and the economy is allowed to re-open as it was last fall,” said Warkentin.

About Lethbridge & District Exhibition

Exhibition Park, under the management and leadership of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, is the premiere destination for bringing people together from all over the world in Lethbridge. It accelerates economic opportunity through the delivery of memorable experiences. For more information, please visit exhibitionpark.ca

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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca


Lethbridge & District Exhibition and The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East Announce 3rd Annual $10,000 Agricultural Scholarship Award(s)

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Jan, 4 2021  |  Events & Entertainment


Lethbridge, AlbertaLethbridge & District Exhibition and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East announced today the third-year details for the Agricultural Scholarship Award for $10,000 for at least one Lethbridge and District’s top undergraduate agricultural student.

The Agricultural Scholarship Award is to further recognize the importance of agriculture in our community by supporting local students in their pursuit of an agricultural career.  Agriculture and agribusiness in southern Alberta are multibillion dollar industries and the reason our community has weathered the economic impact of COVID-19 more successfully than other areas in Alberta. By continuing to support this Agriculture Scholarship you can help ensure the future success of the agriculture industry in southern Alberta.

Thanks to the successful fund-raising events in the past two years and the generosity of our sponsors we will award at least one $10,000 scholarship in 2021.  Due to the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, the number of scholarships awarded will be dependent on the success of our fundraising activities over the next month or so.

Eligibility

  • This scholarship will be presented to a student who has completed at least 2 full years (60 credit hrs) of training at a recognized post-secondary institution in agriculture or in a related field with substantive and documented agricultural content. This could include graduate students pursuing post-graduate studies in 2021.
  • The applicant must either be a legal resident of southern Alberta or have lived in southern Alberta for seven of the past 10 years. Southern Alberta includes: the counties of Lethbridge, Taber, Warner, Forty Mile, Cardston, Pincher Creek, Ranchlands, Willow Creek, Cypress, Newell, Vulcan and all municipalities within these counties (eg. Lethbridge, Brooks, Medicine Hat, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass; and Blood (Kanai) and Piikani First Nations.
  • Rotarians, Rotaractors, and their immediate family members (parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandchild, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt) are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicant eligibility will be determined by the Scholarship Adjudication Committee whose decision will be final.

Criteria

  • In addition to high academic achievement in agriculture and/or an agriculture related discipline, application must include significant evidence of community service and leadership.  Experience in agricultural enterprises and/or organizations/societies such as 4H should be elucidated.
  • Applicants should also be familiar with the activities of Rotary International and be able to explain how their professional goals align with Rotary principles www.rotary.org.

Applications:

Applications must include the following:

1.   Completed Scholarship Application Form

2. Cover letter that describes the applicant’s academic interests, achievements, community contributions, leadership experience and career aspirations (500 words or less).

3. Post-secondary transcripts up to January 2021 (scanned as PDF) or arrange to have institution forward transcripts to wlindwall49@gmail.com

4. Resumé detailing academic, work, and community service history

5. Names and contact information of three qualified references (from post-secondary institution and community leaders)

6.   Please arrange for your three references to send their confidential letters of reference directly to the address below by January 31st .

Application documents should be entirely in Word (*.docx) format and emailed to Dr. Wayne Lindwall: wlindwall49@gmail.com by 31 January 2021.

Application Deadline

Complete applications must be received by 31 January 2021. Applications received after this date will NOT be considered.

Adjudication Process

The Scholarship Adjudication Committee will consist of at least three (3) members from the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and/or Lethbridge Exhibition Park. Candidates will be short-listed based on their written applications and the successful scholarship recipients will be selected based on a formal, video conference interview with the Scholarship Adjudication Committee whose decision shall be final.

For more information on Scholarship Applications contact Dr. Wayne Lindwall wlindwall49@gmail.com or phone (403) 388-4253.


Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.


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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca


Lethbridge & District Exhibition Selects Ward Bros. Construction Ltd. of Lethbridge for Redevelopment Project

by Lethbridge & District Exhibition  |  Dec, 17 2020  |  News and Updates


Lethbridge, ABLethbridge & District Exhibition has awarded Ward Bros. Construction Ltd. of Lethbridge the $62 million contract to manage construction of the new 268,000-square foot Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2021 and create more than 350 construction jobs over 22 months. Up to 50 new, full-time permanent positions will be created to operate the facility when it opens in early 2023.

The new facility will double current hosting capacity and will be able to accommodate more and larger national and international events with up to 7,000 people. Once operational, the Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre is expected to contribute more than $90 million every year to the regional economy.

“Throughout the selection process, we were incredibly impressed with Ward Bros. Construction’s commitment to delivering more than a building, but also their dedication to delivering on a shared vision for what a facility like this will mean to this region,” said Mike Warkentin, Chief Operating Officer. “Ward Bros. has shown exceptional community leadership throughout the region on all of its projects.”

Founded in 1976, Ward Bros. Construction Ltd. has grown to be one of the largest Construction Management and Design Build companies in Southern Alberta. It has been responsible for completing numerous marquee projects throughout the region, including West Lethbridge Centre, The Crossings Ice Complex (“ATB Centre Phase One”) and the Enmax Centre renovation. Ward Bros. Construction was named recipient of the 2020 Business Legacy Award by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce.

“We are honoured to have been selected by Lethbridge & District Exhibition as their construction partner on the new Agri-food Hub & Trade Centre. We look forward to working with the entire team to successfully deliver this transformational project for all of Southern Alberta” said Colin Ward, Chief Operating Officer of Ward Bros. Construction Ltd.

The Exhibition Park Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre is funded by the Government of Alberta, through Alberta’s Recovery Plan, the City of Lethbridge, which will maintain ownership of the land and a 30-year loan secured against the future operations of the facility.

About Lethbridge & District Exhibition

Lethbridge & District Exhibition (“Exhibition Park”) is the premiere destination for bringing people together from all over the world. We accelerate economic opportunity through the delivery of memorable experiences. For more information, please visit exhibitionpark.ca.

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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca


Whoop-Up Days 2020 A Huge Success, Despite COVID-19 Festival Cancellations and Protocols

by Exhibition Park  |  Oct, 23 2020  |  Events & Entertainment


Lethbridge, AB – Lethbridge & District Exhibition and Umami Shop are proud to announce donations totaling $10,057 to FCC – Drive Away Hunger.

The total donation has been split evenly between nine Southern Albertan food banks including Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Food Bank, Bow Island Food Bank, Pincher Creek Food Bank, Taber Food Bank, Coaldale Food Bank, Picture Butte Food Bank, Claresholm Food Bank and Standoff Food Bank.

This year’s event came at a time when festivals, including the regular Whoop-Up Days programming had been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and provincial health mandates. However, the programming included virtual gourmet pancake breakfasts (through Umami Shop), drive-thru pancake breakfasts, drive-thru Jumbo Ears, drive-thru baked potato stands and a two-day food truck festival held at Exhibition Park.

“The success of this event wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous partnership and nudging from Patricia and Sven at Umami Shop” say Chief Operating Officer of Lethbridge & District Exhibition. “Once again, the incredible generosity of this community never ceases to amaze me” continued Warkentin when referring to sponsorship of the events from Gas King, Western Stockman, Diamond Sun Farms, Subaru of Lethbridge and Fee Simple Law.

More than 3,000 vehicles attended the multi-day events held through Umami Shop and at Exhibition Park with a uniquely local agriculture story woven in. All of the ingredients sourced for the virtual pancake breakfasts were from Southern Albertan producers, all of the potatoes used for the drive-thru baked potato stand were supplied by Diamond Sun Farms in Burdett, Alberta. Additionally, 660 kg of flour milled by Parrish & Heimbecker in Lethbridge, Alberta, 450 litres of Canola Oil processed by Richardson Oil Seeds in Lethbridge, Alberta and 160 kg of sugar processed by Rogers Sugar is Taber, Alberta was used in the production of Jumbo Ears over the three day event.

For more information please see the following:

Article from Farm Credit Canada: Click Here

Message from Farm Credit Canada CEO, Michael Hoffort: Click Here

Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.

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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca


City of Lethbridge invests $25 million, Approves $17.8 million loan for Exhibition Park Agri-Food Hub Redevelopment

by Exhibition Park  |  Aug, 24 2020  |  Events & Entertainment


Lethbridge, AB – The investment in the development of an Agri-Food Hub and Trade Centre at Exhibition Park will showcase Canada’s Premier Food Corridor, generate skilled-labour jobs, expedite trade, create market access and generate new investment opportunities.

Today, Lethbridge City Council voted in favour of four motions relating to the long-discussed redevelopment of Exhibition Park:

  • Approval of a non-tax supported 30-year loan in the amount of $17.8 million loan to Lethbridge & District Exhibition (“Exhibition Park”). This loan will be supported by the ongoing and future operations of Exhibition Park.
  • Execution of a motion from 2017 to provide a grant of $25 million to support the redevelopment of Exhibition Park.
  • Approval of a site lease to Exhibition Park for 50-years.
  • Approval of debt forgiveness for outstanding amount owed to the City of Lethbridge in exchange for the land that Exhibition Park owns within the city limits.

This approval follows the Government of Alberta announcing that as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan it would invest $27.8 million in the development of the Agri-Food Hub and Trade Centre on the site.

Exhibition Park will now enter the re-zoning and permitting processes, with tendering for the project expected in early 2021. Ground-breaking and site construction is expected to begin in Spring of 2021.

Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.

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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca


Whoop-Up Days 2020
August 18-22, 2020

by Exhibition Park  |  Aug, 6 2020  |  Events & Entertainment


Lethbridge, AB – Exhibition Park is pleased to unveil programming details for Whoop-Up Days 2020. For over 100 years, Whoop-Up Days has marked the culmination of summer, a way for the community to come together in celebration. This year, it may look different, it will be socially distanced, but the community spirit that Lethbridge has shown has never been higher.

DAILY PROGRAMMING:

A brief summary of the daily events is as follows:

Tuesday August 18:

Virtual (Locally Sourced) Pancake Breakfasts in Partnership with Umami Shop
Time: Tuesday August 18, 2020 7:00 a.m.
Available for pre-order August 7, 2020 (While supplies last)
Where: Online at www.whoopupdays.ca
Cost: $19.99 per Kit

M.P. Rachael Harder Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast
Time: Tuesday August 18, 2020 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Pre-register at www.rachaelharder.ca
Where: Exhibition Park, South Parking Lot
Cost: Free (with pre-registration)

Wednesday August 19:

National Potato Day Drive-Thru in Partnership with Potato Growers of AlbertaDiamond Sun Farms and Gas King
Time: Wednesday August 19, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Where: Exhibition Park, South Parking Lot
Cost: $4.00

Thursday August 20:

JUMBO Ears Drive-Thru in Partnership with Gas King
Time: Thursday August 20, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Where: Exhibition Park, South Parking Lot
Cost: $5.00, 3 for $12.00

Friday August 21:

Drive-Thru Food Truck Festival
Time: Friday August 21, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Where: Exhibition Park, South Parking Lot

Saturday August 22:

Drive-Thru Food Truck Festival
Time: Saturday August 22, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Where: Exhibition Park, South Parking Lot

WEEKLY COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING:

Whoop-Up Days Community Decorating (Businesses & Homes)
Entry Information: www.whoopupdays.ca
Entry Deadline: Friday August 14, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.
Submission Deadline: Saturday August 22, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.
Submit to : taren@exhibitionpark.ca, or tag us on Facebook @ExhibitionParkLethbridge with the hashtag #Whoopitup

Whoop-Up Days Coloring Contest (Ages 10 and Under)
Entry Information: www.whoopupdays.ca
Submission Deadline: Saturday August 26, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.
Submit to : taren@exhibitionpark.ca, or tag us on Facebook @ExhibitionParkLethbridge with the hashtag #Whoopitup

Whoop-Up Days Art Contest (All Ages)
Entry Information: www.whoopupdays.ca
Entry Submission: Saturday August 26, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2020
Submit to : taren@exhibitionpark.ca, or tag us on Facebook @ExhibitionParkLethbridge with the hashtag #Whoopitup

PROCEEDS FROM EVENTS:

In order to support the local communities that have been negatively impacted, 50% of net proceeds for the event will be donated to the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Drive Away Hunger campaign that supports multiple food banks throughout Southern Alberta.

Specifically, all funds raised will be equally distributed between the following Southern Alberta food banks: Interfaith Food BankLethbridge Food Bank, Bow Island, Pincher Creek, Taber, Coaldale, Picture Butte, Claresholm and Standoff.

WEBSITE

whoopupdays.ca

SOCIAL

Exhibition Park

Whoop-Up Days

Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.

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For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge & District Exhibition
P: (403) 328-4491
E: info@exhibitionpark.ca


14th Annual Downtown Lethbridge Summer Farmers’ Market Kicks Off Wednesday July 22nd

by Exhibition Park  |  Jul 9, 2020  |  Events & Entertainment

Lethbridge, AB – Lethbridge Exhibition Park and Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone announce today that the 14th annual Downtown Farmers’ Market will return to the downtown core, however in a new location on 2nd Avenue South between 4th Street and 5th Street South.

The Downtown Lethbridge Farmers’ Market will be open each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning July 22, 2020. Aside from a new location, this year’s market will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines set out by AHS, including but not limited to a one-entry/one-exit system.

The health and safety of guests, vendors and staff is the highest priority when putting on a market. Vendors will be required to submit a signed COVID-19 screening document prior to each week’s market. Vendors and guests who self-diagnose or show any of the common symptoms for COVID-19 are required to not participate in Farmers’ Market activities until you have been given approval and appropriate documentation to do so by a medical professional.

"Despite everything that has gone on this year, we’re very excited to welcome back the Wednesday Farmers’ Market” commented Ted Stilson, Downtown BRZ Executive Director. “Although the downtown has been impacted by COVID-19, there are still a number of public and private developments taking place this year. Those investments, combined with new business openings, a new brand and the addition of a number of outdoor patio spaces, have provided us with a lot of optimism for the future of our downtown.”

“We’re strongly committed to the revitalization efforts that are ongoing in our City’s core. The Farmers’ Market is one way we can contribute to this and provide some normalcy in a year that has been anything but” stated Exhibition Park Chief Operating Officer, Mike Warkentin.

All Farmer’s Market information, including exhibitor applications, is available online at exhibitionpark.ca/farmers-market


MORE INFO & WEBSITE
Additional information, is available at http://lethbridgefarmersmarket.ca

Websites
http://lethbridgefarmersmarket.ca
http://exhibitionpark.ca/farmers-market/

Social
https://twitter.com/LethbridgeFM
https://facebook.com/lethbridgefarmersmarket/
https://instagram.com/lethbridgefarmersmarket/

Hashtags
#yql
#lethbridge
#itsattheex
#farmersmarketleth

Exhibition Park
https://facebook.com/exhibitionparklethbridge/
https://twitter.com/ExParkLeth
https://instagram.com/exhibition_park_lethbridge/


Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.

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CONTACT

For more information, please contact:

Mike Warkentin, Chief Operating Officer
Exhibition Park
P: 403-328-4491 | F: 403-320-8139
info@exhibitonpark.ca
3401 Parkside Drive South Lethbridge, AB T1J 4R3

Ted Stilson, Executive Director
Downtown Lethbridge
P: 403-317-3219
info@downtownlethbridge.ca

Alberta’s Recovery Plan: Investing in the agri-food sector

by Exhibition Park  |  Jun, 30 2020  |  News & Information

Lethbridge, AB – The government is investing $27.8 million in an agri-food hub at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge to create jobs and spur investment in the agriculture and agri-food industry. Read More

Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.

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CONTACT

For more information, please contact:
P: 403-328-4491 | F: 403-320-8139
info@exhibitonpark.ca
3401 Parkside Drive South Lethbridge, AB T1J 4R3

Lethbridge and District Exhibition Announces Annual Farmers’ Market to Open Saturday, May 23

by Exhibition Park  |  Mar, 12 2020  |  Events & Entertainment

Lethbridge, AB – As a result of the positive developments in curbing the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with recent updates concerning Alberta’s stage 1 relaunch, we are pleased to announce that the Farmers’ Market at Exhibition Park will return this Saturday, May 23, 2020.

As we continue to navigate and adjust to the new normal, we are excited to be able to serve our community, while supporting local producers and exhibitors through the 50th anniversary of the Farmers’ Market at Exhibition Park.

We know that many people are concerned about food availability and accessing it in a safe manner. As such, we are making every effort to be adaptive and responsive during this time. As always, our top priority is creating an environment in which our guests, exhibitors and employees are safe. We continue to work closely with our local contacts at Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Farmers Market Association, Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Response and are committed to remaining up to date on any COVID 19 announcements from the Government of Alberta as they relate to any aspect of the delivery of the Farmers’ Market.

For guests, the Market now embraces a new look and feel while adhering to the latest pandemic rules and regulations. The Market is once again opening in the North Pavilion and will also expand to the Main Pavilion, featuring separate entrance and exits points as well larger aisles and handwashing stations.  All guests are asked to continue to follow recommended sanitation and physical distancing practices while attending the market.  Furthermore, we ask our guests to adhere to the following:

  • Shop with purpose - Plan ahead with our NEW ONLINE EXHIBITOR MAP
  • Only one (1) adult per household attend
  • Consider shopping for friends and family (specifically seniors)
  • Be prepared to queue outdoors to minimize indoor shopping traffic
  • Limit time spent within the market (minimize socializing and browsing)
  • Have cash / change available for exhibitors that do not offer e-payment options (note: one on-site ATM available in North Pavilion entrance provided by MINT ATMS. ATM will be monitored and disinfected after each individual use.)
  • Do not handle any vendor products but rather point to the intended purchase
  • Sanitize hands before entering the market (station provided)
  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Be advised that for the safety of all participants, guests showing signs of illness will not be permitted into the Market.

The Market is open Saturday’s between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with priority access being offered to seniors, people with disabilities from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

MORE INFO & WEBSITE
Additional information, is available on the main event website at http://lethbridgefarmersmarket.ca

Websites
http://lethbridgefarmersmarket.ca
http://exhibitionpark.ca/farmers-market/

Social
https://twitter.com/LethbridgeFM
https://facebook.com/lethbridgefarmersmarket/
https://instagram.com/lethbridgefarmersmarket/

Hashtags
#yql
#lethbridge
#itsattheex
#farmersmarketleth

Exhibition Park
https://facebook.com/exhibitionparklethbridge/
https://twitter.com/ExParkLeth
https://instagram.com/exhibition_park_lethbridge/

Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.

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CONTACT

For more information, please contact:
P: 403-328-4491 | F: 403-320-8139
info@exhibitonpark.ca
3401 Parkside Drive South Lethbridge, AB T1J 4R3

Lethbridge and District Exhibition Announces Cancellation of 2020 Whoop-Up Days

by Exhibition Park  |  Apr, 24 2020  |  Events & Entertainment


Lethbridge, AB – Due to ongoing developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic it is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 edition of Whoop-Up Days Family Festival.  On April 23, 2020 Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced that as a result of ongoing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, a ban on all Alberta gatherings, including festivals and similar mass gatherings is now in place for the remainder of the summer.

Exhibition Park CEO, Rudy Friesen says “The Alberta Health Services decision is one that we fully support, as it is in the best interest of the health and safety of the residents of our community.  Even though we are in the business of mass gatherings, now is not the time.” 

Furthermore, as a result of Dr. Hinshaw’s announcement, Exhibition Park facilities remain closed to the public and all scheduled on-site summer events/gatherings are being either cancelled or postponed to a future date.  One potential exception is Farmers’ Market.  The food portion of the Market is considered by the Province to be an essential service.  As such, potential iterations of a weekly food-only Market are being examined.  Our current efforts focus on whether we can provide this service while still adhering to all restrictions currently in place, including the limit on gatherings of 15 people, maintaining a 2 metre distance, etc.  Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

We would like to thank our countless stakeholders, partners, exhibitors and guests for their ongoing support and understanding. This is most definitely a challenging time, and the safety of our community continues to be our priority. We will patiently wait until we can once more bring our Region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. 

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Home & Garden Trade Show 2020 - Cancelled

by Exhibition Park  |  Mar, 25 2020  |  Events & Entertainment

LETHBRIDGE, AB – As a result of the unprecedented circumstances related to the current COVID 19 Pandemic, Lethbridge and District Exhibition has enacted the temporary layoff of 80 percent of its full-time workforce effective March 31st, 2020. 

Along with all public gathering facilities, Exhibition Park has faced an abrupt halt to all public on-site activities. As a result, the decision has been made to undertake this temporary reduction. 

In addition to the staff reduction, please also be advised that the Spring edition of Home & Garden Trade Show 2020 is cancelled. 

While these are extremely difficult decisions, they are required measures in our effort to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19. we trust that, as indicated, the layoffs are a temporary measure, and that in the near future we, along with our Community, are able to return to more normal business operations. 

We understand that the Pandemic is resulting in an ever-changing situation. We will continue to provide updates regarding operations at Exhibition Park as they become available. 

Please direct all general public and customer inquiries through the Contact Form or email info@exhibitionpark.ca.

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Please be advised that, effective immediately, Exhibition Park is now closed to the public. This closure is in effect until further notice.

by Exhibition Park  |  Mar, 16 2020  |  Events & Entertainment

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Please be advised that, effective immediately, Exhibition Park is now closed to the public.  This closure is in effect until further notice.

The ever changing situation with respect to the COVID-19 virus has resulted in this precautionary measure, in order to best minimise the risk to the community.  The decision is based on several factors, including the school closures and the recent decision by the City of Lethbridge to close its recreational and cultural facilities, effective today.  We wish to thank the community and our patrons for their understanding at this time.  We will keep the community updated as the situation continues to develop.

Along with this Notice of Closure, please also be advised that our annual Aggie Days agricultural awareness program, originally scheduled to be held April 8th and 9th, has been cancelled for 2020.

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HOME & GARDEN SHOW POSTPONED

by Exhibition Park  |  Mar, 12 2020  |  Events & Entertainment

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Based on recent information provided by the province of Alberta, requesting the discontinuation of gatherings over 250 people and with the health and safety of our guests, staff and partners as a top priority, we are postponing the Home & Garden Show (date tbd).

We will take the next few days to process and determine the next steps and will communicate additional information directly to impacted patrons as details become available.

Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.

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CONTACT

For more information, please contact:
Lethbridge Exhibition Park
Phone: 403-328-4491
Email: info@exhibitionpark.ca