Media Release


 

Exhibition Park Lethbridge Farmers’ Market  Will be accepting Craft Beer Vendors

For Immediate Release – August 4, 2017

Lethbridge, 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.

The following info comes from 2012 research and can be found at: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/explore14403


 

Exhibition Park & UFA Kick Off 2nd Annual Open Farm Days Tour

For Immediate Release – July 14, 2017

Lethbridge, 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.

Tour Schedule

  • 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, 2017

Lethbridge, 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.

All Farmer’s Market information is available on line at exhibitionpark.ca/farmers-market/ or by calling Tracy Austin at 403 – 317 – 3206 or tracy@exhibitionpark.ca

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, 2017

Lethbridge, 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 MARKET

In 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 tracy@exhibitionpark.ca for more information on being a vendor or using the Community table.
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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, 2017

Lethbridge, 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, 2017

Lethbridge, 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, 2017

Lethbridge, 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.

New in Heritage Hall – “The Patio”

  • “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.

New in Heritage Hall – Presentations

  • 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.

New in Heritage Hall – KIDZ KORNER

  • 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.

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 ATCO Carefree Kitchen Cooking Theatre also returns in the South Pavilion. Learn how to bake a “Blooming Onion!”
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 2 pm, 4 pm & 6 pm and Saturday at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.

The Major prize giveaway is a $500 gift certificate to any Exhibitor of your choice. In addition there will be 10 Tim Horton Gift cards as giveaways. The draw barrel for entries will be located at the Information Booth – South area Main Pavilion.

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, 2017

Lethbridge, 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, 2017

Lethbridge, 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

Councillor Joe Mauro will continue as representative for the City of Lethbridge and Steve Campbell will represent the County of Lethbridge.

 


 

EXHIBITION PARK ANNOUNCES EVENT CHANGES FOR NEW YEARS’ EVE 2016

For Immediate Release – November 3, 2016

Lethbridge, Alberta – Exhibition Park announced today some major event changes for this year’s New Years’ Eve.

Doug Kryzanowski, Manager Marketing for Exhibition Park announced that we are launching Exhibition Park’s 120th Anniversary with Canada’s 150 and the Alberta 4-H 100th. With these three milestones in 2017, it offered us the opportunity to make event programming changes.

After 20 years, the Family Fest event and programming will now roll into the Children’s Family Festival on May 6, 2017. This will   be the seventh year for the Children’s Festival and the programming of both events complimented this consolidation.

Details of this relaunch of this event will be announced at a later media scrum in the New Year.

 


 

DETAILS RELEASED FOR SOUTHERN REGION OF 4-H ALBERTA CELEBRATION OF 4-H ALBERTA’S 100THE BIRTHDAY

For Immediate Release – September 27, 2016

Lethbridge, Alberta – The Southern Region of 4-H Alberta and Exhibition Park announced the details today of Southern Alberta’s salute to Alberta’s 4-H 100th Celebration which takes place throughout 2017.

The Southern 4-H Region kick-off event will take place Saturday, January 7 in the North Pavilion at Exhibition Park.

From Noon to 4 pm Southern region 4-H clubs will host a free to the public trade show. The trade show will showcase each club and their activities that they are undertaking. In addition, educational showcases with speakers and interactive activities will also be held within the trade show area in the North Pavilion.

Andy Pittman, Chairman of the Southern Region of 4-H Alberta Celebration Committee said, “The Committee has been planning this event since last fall. 4-H has held a strong presence across Alberta for the 100 years. This is an opportunity to showcase the Southern Region 4-H clubs and their talents. We are hoping that all 56 Southern Region 4-H clubs will participate in the celebration!”

Following the trade show at 4:30 pm in the South Pavilion, there will be a reception, silent auction and a special announcement of the introduction of a time capsule.

Pittman added “on the day of the Centennial celebration, January 7 a special activity that will take place prior to the banquet is the unveiling and filling of a unique time capsule. The time capsule, which will be built in the shape of a miniature grain elevator, will be filled with memorable and significant items from individuals and groups throughout the Southern Region’s 4-H community.
Once the capsule is filled and sealed, the intent is to keep the contents “under wraps” until another 4-H milestone event – perhaps the 125 year celebration.

Most time capsules are built with the end goal of burying them underground in a secure location. However, this impressive metal capsule will be securely displayed at the home of a long-time Southern Region 4-H partner, which is Exhibition Park in Lethbridge.”

Following the reception, the kick off the 2017 Celebration will conclude with a banquet in the South Pavilion. Guest speaker will be Dave Poulsen, celebrated pro rodeo announcer, award winning author and speaker plus being a Leader in the 4-H program years ago.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Exhibition Park Reception desk starting October 3rd.

More information can be found at: www.southcentennial.com

Rudy Friesen, CEO of Exhibition Park, stated “the partnership between Exhibition Park and the Southern Region of 4-H Clubs has existed for over 93 years. This 100th Celebration that the committee has worked on continues to show the strength of the partnership of the two organizations which sustains the importance of the Southern Region of 4-H Alberta.”