Farmfair International features a lot to see and do during its Nov. 8-12 run, including all sorts of cattle, equine, and educational events.
“It’s five full days packed full of programming,” said Suzanne Bielert, agriculture event manager with Northlands. “We look at what’s happening in the industry, what’s new and exciting, and then we work with industry partners. We really make sure what we’re putting on really resonates with the industry.”
Below are a few highlights of the events scheduled for this year’s Farmfair.
Mini Pony Classic
The Rank Mini Pony Canadian Classic is a new-to-Farmfair bucking horse-style event for kids and youth ages nine to 14. It features champions of rank pony competitions (held throughout the summer) competing for the Canadian championship.
“It’s the same kind of horse bucking event you would see over at the Canadian Finals Rodeo — it’s kind of an exciting event,” said Bielert. “Last year we brought the Rodeo Future Champions event, which was a timed event for the youth. This brings in another side of youth rodeo.”
The event takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Hall D of the Edmonton Expo Centre.
Although not officially a part of Farmfair, BeefTech — a look at emerging technologies and innovative management practices — is being held this year in conjunction with the event.
“It’s a stand-alone beef conference but we’re putting it on at the same time as Farmfair International because we really think there’s value in having both events together,” said Bielert.
The conference features hands-on workshops and labs, technology demonstrations, and technical learning sessions. Keynote speakers include Robert Saik from Agri-Trend with ‘The Agriculture Manifesto’ and Andrew Campbell from Fresh Air Media with ‘Stand Up for Your Industry!’
It takes place Nov. 8 and 9 in various venues throughout the Edmonton Expo Centre.
A Farmfair hallmark, the Purebred Beef Shows are considered one of Canada’s ideal destinations to do business in the beef cattle industry, featuring top-quality genetics from purebred and commercial breeders.
“We’re really excited about our numbers for all our purebred cattle shows,” said Bielert.
The shows take place Nov. 8-11 in Hall B.
Bull Pen Show
The Bull Pen Show allows all Farmfair exhibitors to show off pens of bulls born in 2017 or 2016. New this year is the addition of the Commercial Cattlemen’s Day Lunch as well as guest speakers as champions are crowned. A lunch ticket will give attendees a chance to win one of five $1,000 credits towards a bull purchase from any of the Bull Show exhibitors.
This event takes place Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Hall B.
This event gives cattle enthusiasts aged five to 21 the chance to showcase their herds. It features showmanship competitions, a peewee division, an open division, bred and owned division, and a commercial division. It takes place at various times in Hall B from Nov. 9-11.