Central Alberta’s biggest farm show is back and the 31st edition of Agri-Trade is bigger than ever, with new exhibitors, new spaces, and, of course, new equipment for farmers to explore.
“I think they’re going to be very impressed with the exhibitor mix we have in the show,” said show manager Dianne Smirl.
“If you’re looking for a piece of equipment or technology, I’m pretty sure we’re the one-stop shop for you. I know our exhibitors always bring their best products to Agri-Trade.”
Agri-Trade has long been known as the go-to show for new equipment and technology, and this year’s show will be no different.
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“Our technology area has gotten bigger. Technology is of such great importance for us to highlight, and that area will only expand,” said Smirl.
“We’ll have some new things for people to look at there.”
Last year’s show was packed to the rafters with 415 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors over the 3-1/2-day show, but with new exhibitors like Lemken, Pillar Lasers, and Salford, the 2014 show will be even bigger — so big that Smirl has nearly run out of space for it.
“This year, we’re testing out a tent solution that we’re looking at expanding in 2015 to overtake the outside exhibitors that we have,” she said. “We’re actually converting most of that into tent space to get more exhibitors into the show.”
And while Agri-Trade may be known for its tire kicking and equipment deals, the show is equally popular for the networking opportunities it offers.
“Our whole purpose for being is bringing the community together and allowing them, under one roof, to check out new equipment but, more importantly, catch up with their neighbours and people in the ag industry,” said Smirl.
This year, the show’s learning stage has been replaced with a networking space to better accommodate that socializing.
“We got rid of the learning stage and instead added more social areas to allow people to network and exchange information,” she said.
“We’re going to have more space for you to hang out with other Alberta farmers and share stories and ideas.”
Agri-Trade 2014 runs from Nov. 5-8 at Westerner Park in Red Deer.