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Remember events like this? Ag societies are gearing up for a return to more normal times. Pictured is the Lloydminster Stockade Roundup, one of the events hosted by the Lloydminster Exhibition Association, set this year for Nov. 3-6.

It’s (once again) go time for a host of organizations in rural Alberta

Reading Time: 4 minutes Alberta’s agricultural societies, 4-H and Open Farm Days are all gearing up for Alberta’s reopening. “We are seeing our ag societies start to fire up,” said Tim Carson, executive director of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies. They are also scrambling a bit as two months ago, there was no indication the province was going to be […] Read more

A local institution for 113 years, the Lloydminster Exhibition Association says it won't make it through the winter unless something changes.

One in 10 ag societies could close their doors by next year

There’s been no government aid, revenues have fallen to near zero, 
and reserves have been used up

Reading Time: 4 minutes Two world wars couldn’t stop them. The Spanish flu couldn’t shut them down. But if government support doesn’t come soon, COVID-19 might do what those global crises couldn’t — close the doors forever on century-old agriculture societies across the country. “I’ll be honest, we have less than six months,” said Jenelle Saskiw, general manager of […] Read more