EXHIBITION PARK UNVEILS STAGEX MUSIC FESTIVAL ARTIST LINEUP & ENTERTAINMENT OFFERINGS FOR WHOOP-UP DAYS 2019
by Exhibition Park | Apr, 2 2019 | Entertainment and Events
LETHBRIDGE, AB – Exhibition Park is proud to unveil the StagEX Music Festival entertainment lineup.This lineup serves to celebrate a historic moment in the 122 history of the Lethbridge and District Exhibition. The 2019 lineup is as follows:
- August 20: Corb Lund, Aaron Goodvin, Alee
- August 21: Sam Roberts Band, Nuela Charles, Mariel Buckley
- August 22: Walk Off The Earth, Scenic Route to Alaska, Julian Taylor Band
- August 23: Arkells, Dear Rouge, The Dirty Nil
- August 24: Lil Jon, Notorious YEG, Harman B
Exhibition Park is excited to announce the new and improved Pendleton “Let ‘er Buck” Saloon. In an effort to expand the entertainment offering, the Saloon will open at 3:00 p.m. daily, offering Happy Hour pricing until 6:00 p.m. and acting as the official after party of the StagEX Music Festival with extended evening hours. daily. The Pendleton “Let ‘er Buck” Saloon offers some of the best up-and-coming Country Music stars:
- August 20: Mahony
- August 21: Ryan Lindsay
- August 22: Justin Hogg Band
- August 23: The Abrams, Garrett Gregory, Justin Hogg Band
- August 24: Chris Buck Band, Karac Hendriks, Justin Hogg Band
Exhibition Park is once again very proud to bring back an extensive Whoop-Up Days entertainment portfolio, including Mango and Dango and the Adventures of the Flying Umbrella Ship, Dan the One Man Band and President’s Choice Superdogs Acrobark!
Whoop-Up Days 2019 and the StagEX Music Festival tickets will go on sale Friday April 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on our website exhibitionpark.ca. A new partnership with the Lethbridge College Students’ Association is part of Whoop up Days 2019. As part of our ongoing support of our Community. We’re providing discounted access to students and faculty of Lethbridge College and we are hosting “Lethbridge College Day” on Friday August 23, 2019
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.
EXHIBITION PARK GOES DIGITAL FOR THE 43RD ANNUAL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW AND UNVEILS EX VIP PLATFORM
by Exhibition Park | Mar, 11 2019 | News and Updates
LETHBRIDGE, AB – Exhibition Park is set to launch the 43rd annual Home and Garden Show presented by BILD Lethbridge March 20th through 23rd.
Exhibition Park is pleased to announce that this year’s version of the Home & Garden show will be the first event in its event portfolio that will include digital ticketing. “This change not only allows for increased convenience for our guests, but also to significantly evolve our business, understand who our clientele is and what they want from Exhibition Park events” said Mike Warkentin, Chief Operating Officer at Exhibition Park. Advanced tickets for the upcoming Home & Garden Show are available now at HGLethbridge.ca.
Exhibition Park is also excited to introduce the EX VIP program, which will allow for access to exclusive promotions, advanced ticket purchase opportunities and up-to-date event information. Public can join the new EX VIP program by going to exhibitionpark.ca. Entrance into this program prior to March 20, 2019 will also represent a second entry into the Home and Garden Show backyard makeover giveaway.
This year’s Home and Garden Show will also include a backyard makeover giveaway with an estimated value of $20,000. Attendees at the show can enter for this prize package by going to the information booth located in the Main Pavilion or the public can enter at HGLethbridge.ca.
Exhibition Park is also introducing the BURNCO Patio Lounge in the South Pavilion will be open daily for beverages, HGTV television programming and entertainment including Mahoney at 5:30-8 pm on Friday, March 22. Sebastian Clovis from HGTV’s Save My Reno, Home to Win will be discussing all your renovation questions at 2:00 p.m.
Exhibition Park would also like to remind everyone that BDO is hosting its 7th Annual Home and Garden Economic Forecast Breakfast on Friday, March 22 at 8:00 a.m.
Speakers are Mike Warkentin, Exhibition Park, Bridget Mearns, BILD and Michael Kelly, City of Lethbridge.
Tickets for the breakfast are complimentary however are by RSVP only. Seating for this event is limited. RSVP HERE.
EXHIBITION PARK & ROTARY ANNOUNCE THE $10,000 AGRICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
by Exhibition Park | Feb, 28 2019 | News and Updates
LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge Exhibition Park and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East announced the recipient of the 2019 $10,000 AG Scholarship at a sold out dinner in Heritage Hall at Ag Expo on Thursday night. The 2019 recipient is Lauren Machacek. Lauren is from the Taber area and is a 4th year student student at the University of Lethbridge.
“The amount of time and work it takes to develop a scholarship, especially one of this size, is remarkable. I want to thank Exhibition Park, Rotary Club of Lethbridge East, the founding sponsors, and the scholarship committee for making it happen” stated Machacek. “I am absolutely honored to be the first time winner of this Agricultural Scholarship. This scholarship will not only open doors as far as education, careers, and professional development but comes with a significant amount of support from our local community, which I am very thankful for. I am proud to call Southern Alberta my home and proud to be part of our local agriculture community. I can’t wait to see where this will take me in the years to come and cannot thank the sponsors and Ag community enough for their investment in local students and the future of agriculture.”
“The Lethbridge East Rotary Club has been talking about doing a scholarship with a focus on agriculture for a number of years. At the District level we support scholarships nationally and internationally for Rotary International priorities, but we also recognize importance of agriculture in southern Alberta,” says Wayne Lindwall, Committee Scholarship Chair, and Assistant District Governor of Rotary. “We debated the value of the scholarship as well, but we wanted something that was significant to in relation to other scholarships. We weren’t aware of any that were valued at $10,000 for undergraduates in agriculture and we thought that this project
would attract some good candidates. “We were looking for someone with scholastic achievement, but more importantly we want candidates who are our future leaders in agriculture and good ambassadors for the agriculture sector and Rotary.”
Rudy Friesen, CEO of Exhibition Park stated “we are pleased to be a partner with Rotary East and thank the founding sponsors of this inaugural event. Agricultural is integrated into our history and culture of Exhibition Park and we congratulate Lauren on her award and as well continue to further the importance of agricultural message to Southern Alberta.”
For further information contact:
Rudy Friesen, CEO, Exhibition Park
403 – 328 – 4491
Wayne Lindwall, Committee Scholarship Chair & Assistant District Governor, Rotary Club of Lethbridge East
403 – 388 – 4253
AG Scholarship Recipient
403 – 331 – 0903
Lauren Machacek – 2019 Rotary Exhibition Park $10,000 Ag Scholar Recipient
Lauren is a 4th year, post diploma, student at the U of L working towards her Bachelors degree (2020) in Finance with a focus in Agriculture Management. Lauren started her post-secondary education at Lethbridge College and after receiving her Marketing Diploma transferred to the U of L to focus on her passion for Agribusiness. She grew up on a mixed farm near Taber, where her love for agriculture began. She credits her leadership skills and commitment to the ag community to her 9 years of 4H experience. Lauren learned how to show and judge animals at various exhibitions around the province. Through 4H, Lauren also developed her organizational and public speaking skills which helped prepare her for the challenges of a demanding academic program at the University of Lethbridge. She has stayed connected with the Ag community by serving on the executive committees of both the Aggies Club and Business Club on campus. For the last three summers, Lauren worked for the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation as customer service representative and crop insurance adjuster. Lauren has received several scholarships and Deans List awards for her outstanding academic achievements. She also excelled in the practicum Cor Van Raay Case competitions in 2017 and 2018. Lauren wants to stay involved in farming and livestock production but she is also considering furthering her studies through a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
Exhibition Park Names New Board for 2019
by Exhibition Park | Feb, 11 2019 | News and Updates
LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge & District Exhibition named its 2019 Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2019. There were four positions available for 2019. Incumbents, Cathy Maxwell and Beverly Lanz were re-elected for a 3-year term. Newly elected director Ryan Miller will serve a 3-year term and newly elected director Henry Doeve will serve a 2 year term.
In a subsequent Board Meeting, the new Board elected its Officers. The newly elected President is Bruce Galts; 1st Vice President is Bev Lanz and 2nd Vice President is Ryan Miller.
The 2019 Board is as follows:
- Bruce Galts – President
- Bev Lanz – 1st Vice President
- Ryan Miller – 2nd Vice President
- Mike Davis – Past President
- Tom McKenzie
- Cathy Maxwell
- Rick Neudorf
- Mark Sayers
- Trinity Davies
- Aaron Honess
- John Rafa
- Henry Doeve
Councillor Ryan Parker will continue as representative for the City of Lethbridge and Steve Campbell will represent the County of Lethbridge.
Contact for further comment:
CEO Exhibition Park
Lethbridge Exhibition to Receive Bronze Monument Recognizing Veterans Contribution from Alberta
by Exhibition Park | Feb, 07 2019 | News and Updates
LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge United Services Institute announced today a capital campaign to establish a bronze monument recognizing the contributions of veterans of Alberta while commemorating Lethbridge as an Artillery City. The goal based on funding is to have a ¼ life size measuring 12 feet long depicting a WW1 18 pounder field gun and carriage being drawn by 6 horses and their drivers going into action at the end of WW1. The 18 pounder gun was used by all 4 artillery units raised from Alberta. It will be modelled after the last gun to fire in WW1 from the Lethbridge 39th Battery. The goal is to raise $200,000 through all levels of potential government and other granting organizations, individuals and businesses in order to commission the monument during Veterans Week 2019. Total money raised will determine the size of the bronze monument. Donations can be made by cheque or debit in person at Lethbridge County administration (attention Lethbridge United Services Institute) who will issue a charitable tax receipt. “This partnership with Exhibition Park allows us to act as a link to the community in promoting the rich history of the Exhibition hosting the many military units that were housed and trained on the grounds before heading overseas in both world Wars” said Glenn Miller President of the Lethbridge United Services Institute. “It is important that we appreciate Lethbridge has had and continues to have an Artillery presence since 1 Feb 1908. The initial establishment and connection resonates throughout Alberta today with artillery units stationed in Lethbridge, Edmonton and Red Deer today.
In partnering with Lethbridge Exhibition, we can help educate the citizens of today of the roles that the gunners, horses, guns and their communities have contributed In the Service of Canada from Alberta. Rudy Friesen, CEO for Lethbridge Exhibition commented “we are proud to be able to provide a permanent home to showcase this monument to our patrons and proud to partner with the Lethbridge United Services Institute. It will see a large exposure to patrons as Exhibition Park becomes the prime location in southern Alberta to host conferences, agricultural events, trade shows and special events.”
Backgrounder Lethbridge United Services Institute is a non for profit association that is a member of the Canadian Defence Association. They advocate to support the Canadian Armed Forces and to keep their members informed on current military affairs and developments; to support the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) and the cadet movement; and to act as a link between the Canadian Forces and the general public so that the role and requirements for an adequate Armed Forces can be enhanced and better understood. The association’s website – lethbridgeusi.ca will allows visitors to view the model and to learn and share stories of their family connections in contributing to the defence of Canada.
Contact for further comment:
CEO Exhibition Park
President Lethbridge United Services Institute
Exhibition Park Unveils the “EXtra at Exhibition Park in 2019” and Announces the StagEX Music Festival at Whoop-Up Days
by Exhibition Park | Jan, 30 2019 | News and Updates
LETHBRIDGE, AB – 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, its ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.
Exhibition Park is pleased to announce that all of its event programming will focus on the EXtra that it can do:
- Through its partnership with VisitLethbridge.com, further establish Lethbridge and Southern Alberta as a marquee tourism destination.
- Cultivate an environment at all of its events that is synonymous with safety and accessibility for each one of its guests.
- Build and event and entertainment portfolio that is certain to have something for everybody.
Exhibition Park is excited to announce StagEX [Stage-Ex] Music Festival at Whoop-Up Days. This festival marks a multi-year commitment by Exhibition Park to build a unique tourism property that will not only attract local guests, but visitors from all over Western Canada.
Exhibition Park has partnered with Trixstar Productions, Alberta based live event and entertainment consultants who produce marquee Canadian events, such as Big Valley Jamboree, Soundtrack Music Festival and the 2018 Grey Cup Festival among many others. “We are excited to partner with Exhibition Park to help develop a creative entertainment program that will build on the over 100 year history that Exhibition Park has. The newly unveiled StagEX will immediately bring attention to the region and over the next few years continue to grow into one of Western Canada’s premier summer events.” said Trixstar Productions Director of Operations Brennan McFaul. Lineup and ticket announce is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
Exhibition Park will also be introducing increased security measures at Whoop-Up Days in 2019. The purpose behind the increased security is to increase the overall comfort of all of its guests while on site. These measures will include; security check-points at all entry gates to the Park. Exhibition Park is continuing its strong working with Lethbridge Police Services, Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis and all of the essential services teams to continue to deliver the best safety and security program for its guests.
Exhibition Park is also introducing Family Day at Whoop-Up Days. This will be replacing the Children’s & Family Festival (formerly a stand-alone event at Exhibition Park). “We believe that we can better serve the community with the entertainment offering we provide during Whoop-Up Days” said CEO of Exhibition Park Rudy Friesen. Family Day at Whoop-Up Days will occur on Wednesday August 21, 2019. The Park entrances will open at 10:00 a.m. on Family Day and there will be discounted ticket options for the day. Tickets for Whoop-Up Days will be available for purchase on Friday, April 5, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Each year, Exhibition Park welcomes thousands of visitors for both its partner and its signature events. 2019 promises to be no different:
- (Feb. 27 – Mar. 1) South Country Co-op AG EXPO presented by Farm Credit Canada
- North American Seed Fair presented by Fortis Alberta
- (Mar. 20 – Mar. 23) Home and Garden Show presented by BILD Lethbridge
- Featuring a conversation with Sebastian Clovis, former CFL players and star of HGTV Canada’s Tackle My Reno, Save My Reno, Home to Win and the resident DIY expert on The Marilyn Denis Show
- Tickets for the Home and Garden Show go on sale February 8th at 10:00 a.m. on exhibitionpark.ca
- (Apr. 10 – Apr. 11) Aggie Days presented by UFA
- (May 11 – Oct. 26) Saturday Farmer’s Markets at Exhibition Park
- (Jul. 3 – Sep. 4) Wednesday Downtown Farmer’s Markets in partnership with the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone
- Jul. 13 – Jul. 14) Street Machine Weekend presented by Street Wheelers
- (Aug. 17 – Aug. 18) Alberta Open Farm Days
- (Aug. 20 – Aug. 24) Whoop-Up Days and StagEX Music Festival at Whoop-Up Days
- (Aug. 30 – Sep. 1) Lethbridge Ribfest
- (Sep. 27 – Sep. 28) Oktoberfest
- (Nov. 29 – Nov. 30) Big Christmas Farmer’s Market and Trade Show