It’s that time again in the city. You may have noticed an influx of cowboy boots, plaid shirts and giant trucks. Yep, Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) is back November 21-26 at Evraz Place. And, this year with infrastructure changes and a new CEO at the helm, the annual event promises to be the Agribition people know and love.
“Agribition 2016 is going to up the ante in terms of excitement,” says Chris Lane, CWA’s new CEO. “It’s definitely going to be hottest ticket in town.”
So what’s new with the largest agricultural and livestock show in Canada?
The much loved Pro Rodeo is back, however with a new format this year that promises to pack as much action as possible on the dirt and in the stands. Event goers can take in four nights of rodeo, which begin Wednesday (Nov. 23), which is a free night, courtesy of the Mosaic Company. Wednesday’s free performance is rush seating, so make sure you are there early to get a seat! Doors open at 6 p.m. The Rodeo is a fave event for many so get your tickets ahead of time for the remaining three performances.
For thrill seekers or those who just like to watch other seek thrills, there’s a new event that shouldn’t be missed taking place in the Brandt Centre. Not for the faint of heart, “Running with the Bulls,” pits real rodeo bulls against daring souls in a competition to outrun each other. In addition to bragging rights, the winner takes home a $1,500 cash prize and a shiny champion rodeo buckle!
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“I’m excited to be here right now because I think Agribition has a lot to offer the industry and the community,” says Lane. “It’s my job to make the show even more valuable to the economy, the agriculture industry, and the people who come see us every year. It’s a fantastic challenge and probably the best job in the city because of the people and partnerships.”
In addition to the agricultural marketplace and the buying and selling of livestock, there is a massive trade show which is the perfect place to find unique Christmas gifts and ideas from combines to cutlery.
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No Agribition would be complete without a celebratory party. Post-rodeo on closing night (Saturday, Nov 26) features a cabaret at the Swamp, but event goers can enjoy live music and good times all week long at the Bud Light Loading Chute.
For those already stressing about parking (as the streets and lots can get quite congested), the Agribition Express is back again, and now at three locations. This fantastic service allows you to park your car at one of the pickup locations and for just $3 each way, you get dropped off at the doors and receive free gate admission! Not too shabby. Visit the website for maps and exact pickup spots.
Don’t miss one of the best events in the province! Yeehaw!
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Did you know? Canadian Western Agribition is actually a huge international event? Over 800 international guests from more than 70 countries visit. And if that isn’t impressive enough, its Regina’s most highly attended event with over 130,000 visitors annually!