By: Sarah Novak, Canadian Western Agribition
If you drive into Canadian Western Agribition (CWA)’s parking lot at Evraz Place these days, the first thing you’ll notice is the massive construction project underway. At 150,000 square feet, the new International Trade Centre (ITC) will catapult CWA’s ability to grow for decades to come.
“There’s no question we’re looking forward to the ITC grand opening next year. It’s going to give Agribition a world-class home for a world-class show and give us a lot of options for growth,” says CWA President, Stewart Stone. “We have plans in place to make it easy for people and exhibitors to move around the grounds this year while that project is underway.”
CWA is the best beef show on the continent and the largest livestock show in Canada. The show is anchored by beef cattle and features horses, bison, sheep, goats, and an extensive trade show featuring both agribusiness and lifestyle products and services. CWA is a blend of agriculture, Indigenous, and festive entertainment, featuring live music, food, education programs, and a professional rodeo.
As the six-day show has attracted record crowds, it has also created an increasing economic spinoff for the province. Agribition now adds more than $56 million to the economy in hotel stays, restaurant meals and shopping. Last year, more than 130,000 people attended the show, making it one of the biggest annual attractions in the province.
“Agribition 2016 is going to up the ante in terms of excitement,” says Chris Lane, CWA’s new CEO. “A new pro rodeo format promises to pack as much action as possible both on the dirt and in the stands. It’s definitely going to be hottest ticket in town.”
Agribition Pro Rodeo will provide four nights of rodeo entertainment while competitors face off for $100,000 in prize money. The rodeo kicks off on Wednesday, November 23 as a free night, courtesy of The Mosaic Company.
There’s something for the more daring too. This year, Running with the Bulls comes to CWA. Contestants will have a chance to outrun real rodeo bulls in the Brandt Centre arena on Saturday, November 26. The winners will get a cash prize, a champion rodeo buckle, and of course, bragging rights. Not for the faint of heart.
The Agribition Express is back again, so don’t stress about parking. Park your car at one of the pick-up locations and for just $3 each way, you get dropped off at the doors and receive free gate admission.
This year you will find a bigger and better trade show, offering more shopping than ever before. Agribition is the perfect place to find unique gifts and ideas with Christmas just around the corner!
Returning for 2016 is the Food Pavilion, presented by the Mosaic Company. The pavilion taps into the ever increasing interest from urban consumers about where their food comes from. For Agribition, the pavilion is another way it’s growing and meeting the needs of its guests.
“The Food Pavilion is so important to what we do. It helps people see the connection between what’s on their plate and the work that goes into getting it there,” says Lane.
There will also be great parties at this year’s Agribition. We get one more party at The Swamp, so there will be a cabaret on Saturday night after the rodeo. Additionally, there’s live music and good times all week long at the Bud Light Loading Chute.
Canadian Western Agribition is on November 21-26 at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan. Make Agribition YOUR tradition.