From Feb. 18 to 19 the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds will be full of agriculture, livestock and seed enthusiasts for the annual Agri-Visions show, formerly known as Cattlemen’s Corral/Crop Visions.
The event has been re-imagined as what organizers describe as a “conference-style trade show” with guest speakers.
“This is our 25th year,” said the exhibition’s marketing specialist Tess Sidoryk. “It’s a very good, longstanding event that we’ve had and now we’ve made some changes to make it even better.”
This year’s event will see cattle handling sessions and demonstrations of horsemanship techniques, as well as cattle and grain producer panels where attendees can learn about topics like winter feeding and crop disease resistance.
“We’ve made quite a few (changes). This year it is free to attend the trade show, whereas before you would have had to pay. We also have discounts offered for students and 4-H members,” she said. “We’re hoping with that 4-H discount that we will bring in some of the younger age groups. We want to make sure that we can get them involved as well.”
About 150 to 200 trade booths will be set up over the course of Agri-Visions, with over 70 exhibitors on hand.
“We have a variety (of exhibitors). We have a few (machinery) exhibitors, as well as some other farming and ranching related exhibitors. We do have some cattle exhibits coming in as well. We also have a western lifestyle section, focussing on some western art and western home decor, so we have a bit of a variety.”
On Feb. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. the public is invited to “Grazing the Tradeshow,” an opportunity to tour the trade show grounds, and the next day, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Alberta assistant deputy agriculture and rural development minister John Brown will be attending the Agri-Visions Campfire and Vittles Banquet.
Also happening as part of Agri-Visions and a feature event during the Campfire and Vittles Banquet is the 30th annual Border City Seed Show. Seventy entries have been made into the 12 classes of pedigreed seeds being judged. Then at the banquet the champion and junior champion seed samples will be announced and auctioned off.
“We’re really excited,” Sidoryk said. “We want everybody to come check out the new format. We think it’s going to be great.”