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The pedal tractor pull at the Vegreville Country Fair is just one of a “staggering” number of activities on offer at fairs and exhibitions put on by Alberta agricultural societies.

It’s summer — why aren’t you at the fair?

It’s tempting to make every day a workday during the summer. But if you can pull yourself away from the farm, 65,000 of your friends have a great day planned for you and your family. That’s the number of volunteers who donate their time to the province’s agricultural societies, including putting on several dozen fairs, […] Read more


From displays to garlic-peeling contests, the village of Andrew is all garlic, all the time during its annual festival.

Garlic festival a joyous (and odorous) celebration

Andrew festival showcases garlic and celebrates the village’s Ukrainian heritage

For 16 years, residents of the town of Andrew have gathered to celebrate the stinking rose — and every year, more and more visitors join them. “It’s just grown tremendously,” said Carri Hrehorets, president of the Andrew Agricultural Society in the village of 400 located an hour’s drive northeast of Edmonton. “We get about 1,000 […] Read more

Festival visitors will get ‘a complete picture’ of the bison industry, says Thomas Ackermann.

Elk Island National Park to host bison festival

They’re calling it a “celebration of conservation, culture and cuisine,” and that’s an apt description of the province’s first bison festival, said the chair of the Bison Producers of Alberta Association. Parks Canada approached his organization and the Canadian Bison Association to have a bison event at Elk Island National Park, and the scope of […] Read more