If this is your first time at Agribition, you’re in for a ride! Every November, the city of Regina bustles with cattle trailers, pick-up trucks and cowboy hats.
Canadian Western Agribition (November 19-24) is considered the largest cattle and agricultural show in Canada. Nearly 160,000 visitors pass through the doors of Evraz Place ready to be entertained, delighted and educated by all things agriculture. There’s a pro rodeo, cattle sales, live concerts, a trade show and a marketplace (to name a few).
So what all should you see and do if it’s your first time and you only have 24 hours? I’ve put together a suggested itinerary to make sure you get the most out of your visit.
3 Quick Tips:
1. Schedule: Each day is different - make sure to check out the show schedule here so you don’t miss an event you’re excited about!
2. Parking: If you’re headed there later than first thing in the morning, parking can get a little crazy. Consider taking the Agribition Express from several of the city’s malls. It’s free and you get a discount of $6 on the $15 gate admission fee.
3. What to Wear: Everything is indoors, so wear comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be putting on a few kilometres walking around all day.
Agribition in a 24 Hours
It’s going to be a busy day so starting early is key.
First things first, pick up a grounds map to get an idea of where everything is. It takes time to get everywhere, especially in the crowds. You’ll want to be strategic about where you want to be and when.
Jump right in and head over to the “Stock Exchange” also known as the commercial cattle barn. Make sure to wander through The Yards as it’s an up-close and genuine experience of ranchers with their livestock. Chances are the friendly farmers will be willing to chat if you have questions. It’s a really cool way to get a better understanding of agriculture in Canada and see first-hand how passionate ranchers are about their animals.
Take in the competitive purebred beef show and auction (new this year are the Texas Longhorns). Millions of dollars worth of deals go down at Agribition and these shows are where it all happens.
Mid-morning, make a quick stop to watch a milking demonstration at the SaskMilk Dairy Display and learn how milking machines work on cows.
If animals are your interest, check out events like Stock Dogs with highly trained dogs that herd sheep and Rank Mini Ponies, a mini bareback and saddle bronc riding competition with kids. It’s both adorable and seriously impressive.
Take a walk through the Food Pavilion. Many kiosks are set up by local entrepreneurs who have turned their passion into a business. They all tell Saskatchewan’s food story. There are cooking demonstrations throughout the day with free samples as well as taste tests at the kiosks.
After grabbing a few samples, pick up a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors at Evraz Place.
If you have kids in tow, stop by the Family Ag Pavilion. It’s just as fun to tag along with your kids and explore the world of agriculture. There is face painting, live animals and lots of hands-on activities to entertain children of all ages.
Spend the afternoon at the Everyday Living Marketplace. There are hundreds of vendors selling the latest gadgets and gear. As it’s so close to Christmas, it’s the perfect time to pick up holiday gifts.
It’s also worth wandering through Young’s Equipment to experience the impressive technology behind farming equipment today. Climb up in a tractor and check out what it’s like from the driver’s seat.
Head back to your hotel to freshen up for an evening out. For great views of Victoria Park and downtown Regina, book in at The Hotel Saskatchewan and ask for a room facing north. (They’re also pet-friendly!). The Delta Regina also has fantastic views over the city.
Take the courtesy transport service back to Evraz place for the evening entertainment. The most popular event is the Pro Rodeo (Wednesday to Saturday). Competitors vie for the title in events like saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing.
For something a little different, pick up tickets to Full Contact Jousting on Tuesday night with the Knights of Valour in a six knight tournament. Yup, this is real medieval jousting with horses, armor and lances. It’s not choreographed.
9:30 PM (Saturday only)
For those that love to party and celebrate stick around for the Party on the Dirt cabaret right after the final Pro Rodeo competition on Saturday,
Take a leisurely morning and sleep in after such a busy day at Agribition.
Before heading out of Regina, grab brunch at Skye Cafe & Bistro (located inside the Saskatchewan Science Centre). Their chicken and waffles are the perfect send off for a great 24 hours experiencing Canadian Western Agribition and Regina.