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Issue 7May 2016
Celebrity panelists & innovation highlight CFPS
The country’s largest tradeshow is only weeks away and this year is sure to impress.
From June 15 to June 17 around 42,000 people are expected to walk through Evraz Place during the 39th edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show (CFPS).
This year’s focus includes agri-business, entrepreneurs, advocacy, and farm safety, and taking part in the forum on these topics are some familiar celebrity faces such as:
- Chris Soules, (you may recognize him from The Bachelor) and Advocate
- Manjit Minhas, Beer Baroness and newest dragon Dragons’ Den
- Curtis Weber, President, High Voltage Consulting
- Drew Learner, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist
- Colleen Dyck, Entrepreneur, Farmer, Athlete
- Andrew Campbell, Social Media Advocate
- Robert Saik, Founder of Agri-Trend
Shirley Janeczko, Show Manager with the event, said this year there is a brand new career expo—Think Ag Career and Education Expo. She said this allows students in Grades 7 and 8 an opportunity to explore agricultural career and entrepreneurial opportunities in Saskatchewan.
“We also have an innovation showcase and this year we had 17 applications for that program. We have a special feature area in our show dedicated to the innovations and we’re really excited this year to feature new products that have never been shown,” Janeczko said.
There’s also going to be Toys for Farm Boys, which is a recreation area for farmers to see the latest in farm equipment available on the market. Making it fun for the whole family, there will be various activities taking place across the 1.2 million square feet of space, including a truck and tractor display that does a parade twice a day around the show, and the Lumberjills who will be taking part in log rolling and axe throwing outside.
Tip for the locals: There will be offsite parking with a free shuttle service to the event. For more on parking click here
This is only a glance at all there is to see at CFPS, to learn more click here.
Tourism Week in Regina
Tourism Regina is taking part in Tourism Week, a national celebration of travel and tourism in Canada that runs May 29 to June 4.
Tourism is an important economic sector in Regina. In 2014, an estimated 2.224 million visitors came to the city. In that year about $492.5 million was attributed to tourism spending.
“The Tourism sector in Regina is a vital area of economic development for the city. Tourism week is a great opportunity to align with other organizations, businesses and partners for a common goal to bring attention to Regina and show off all the positive work being done here,” said John Lee, President and CEO of Economic Development Regina Inc.
From May 25 to 27, the 3rd annual Familiarization (FAM) Tour presented by Attractions Regina will be taking place throughout the city. This is a great opportunity for local attractions to promote themselves to other tourism professionals, as well as provide training for frontline staff. The FAM Tour will be stopping at various attractions in Regina, which will help staff better serve visitors and improve their experience during their stay. Media is welcome to attend the tour.
Tourism Regina is also holding a photo contest called “See yourselfie in Regina.” This is meant to promote all the unique experiences in the city. Tourists and locals are encouraged to visit attractions around Regina May 19 to June 4 and take a selfie. They can then share these photos using the hashtag #SeeYQR on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a one-night stay at the Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre Regina, family pass to the RCMP Heritage Centre, $50 Victoria’s Tavern gift card, $100 Visa gift card, $50 TenTree gift card, $15 Rochdale Roca House gift card, and $50 Tangerine gift card. For more on the contest, click here.
There is constantly updated information on tourism in Regina and all of our local attractions at www.tourismregina.com.
You Need to See
See yourselfie in Regina!
Tourism Week is approaching quickly, a national celebration of travel and tourism in Canada that runs May 29 to June 4!
To mark the occasion we’re holding a photo contest called “See yourselfie in Regina” to show off all of the awesome things to do in the city.
To participate, head out to some of Regina’s many attractions, restaurants and events between May 19 and June 4, and take a selfie. It’s that simple.
Click here to read what the Prize Package Includes
Celebrate Canada Day in Regina!
There’s no better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than in Saskatchewan’s capital city, only feet from the largest Canadian capital building.
This year’s Regina Canada Day promises new and exciting editions. Elizabeth Strom, chair of the Regina Canada Day committee, said they have a great day planned at Wascana Centre.
“We’re really trying to really invigorate the citizens of Regina to come together and celebrate what it means to be Canadian. And especially for those new Canadians this year, you know, we’ve had quite an influx of new Canadians to the city and we really want them to have a wonderful day that’s free for the family,” Strom said.
This year the RCMP Heritage Centre will be in attendance with its mobile Musical Ride. Agribition has also signed on board for the event to provide some fun features.
The committee will be introducing a free pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. At noon there will be a 21-gun salute and opening ceremonies, followed by the living flag on the southwest lawn.
“Last year we had such an incredible turnout that we actually had to turn people away,” Strom said, adding they’ll need at least 750 this year to form the flag. However, with 30,000 people expected to walk through Wascana Centre, we’re sure this won’t be a problem.
The Plywood Cup will return again in the afternoon alongside a Strongman competition, a sports area, and the main stage area, which will be located on the northwest lawn. Head there for main stage activities, food trucks, and beer gardens.
Tips from the locals: If you can leave your car at home, do it! Try taking public transportation, or ride your bike and receive bike valet service onsite. Also, if you love fireworks, grab a spot along the lake so as not to miss a beat.
“We’re planning to have some pretty exciting fireworks. The family that has done the fireworks for us throughout the years is planning some really special effects that will take place on the water,” Strom said.
For more information on Regina Canada Day visit reginacanadaday.ca. Don’t forget to tag your photos with #SeeYQR so we can feature them on our social media channels.
Revitalization Project Moving Forward
Starting with an open house last December, hundreds of Reginans shared their vision for what should become of the Railyard site, the 17.5 acre (seven ha) site in the centre of the city, formerly occupied by a railway intermodal facility. Read more.