Media Release

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
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#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:
Rudy Friesen | CEO
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