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Things to know and things to do at Farmfair 2018

The show offers something new or different every year

[UPDATED: Nov. 2, 2018] The 45th Farmfair International — an agricultural show focused on showing and selling top-quality livestock — is set to go at the Edmonton EXPO Centre Nov. 7-11.

Every year Farmfair organizers add new events or change the focus of existing ones to better meet the needs of the show’s audience. Here are a few highlights:

Heritage Ranch Rodeo returns to evenings

When: Nov. 8-10 at 7 p.m., Ranch Horse Competition Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Hall D, Edmonton EXPO Centre.

Previously held in the afternoons to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo — for the first time in many years — is now scheduled for evening performances. With a focus on ranchers demonstrating skills such as wild cow milking, team sorting, and stray gathering, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo is a twist on the usual rodeo format, said Jessie Radies, director of agriculture for Northlands.

“It’s a great rodeo. You’ve got actual working ranch teams demonstrating some of their ranch skills. It’s a very different event from a traditional rodeo but it’s very exciting. If you’ve never seen it this is a great opportunity to do so.”

Youth programming set for Sunday

Prior to this year, youth programming was spread throughout Farmfair week. However, all next-generation events this year are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11.

“We’ve concentrated all of our youth and next-generation programming on Sunday,” said Radies.

“In the past we tried to slot in the youth programming wherever there was space but we recognize the future of agriculture is really depending on the development of future leaders. We really wanted to dedicate some time and focus on our next-gen programming.”

Part of that has been increasing the scholarship payouts of the Junior Futurity Show to $10,000. “That is a significant increase over previous years’ payouts,” she said.

A few of the youth-oriented events that day include 4-H Day (to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AP Ballrooms 105-106), the Junior Futurity from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Canadian Cattlemen Hall B Rings One and Two, and Rodeo’s Future Champions from noon to 3 p.m. in Hall D.

For more information on shows and tickets, visit the Farmfair International website. (Heritage Ranch Rodeo tickets are sold separately, but include admission to Farmfair as well as parking.)

*An earlier version of this article included Beef Tech on Nov. 7 -8 as part of Farmfair. 

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