There was hometown representation on the eve of the Saskatchewan Government announcing its continued support for the Canadian Western Agribition show.
Grotto Gardens was invited to the show and brought the famous goat yoga with them, the first time ever it has been part of the show. Agribition attendees got a chance to take a mental break and participate in a part pet-therapy, part fitness class on Monday and Tuesday’s show.
During the “burning of the brand” ceremony, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart spoke about the importance of continuing its partnership with the show.
“Canadian Western Agribition is a testament to our agriculture industry and a signature event that the Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to invest in,” Stewart said. “It brings together thousands of producers, consumers, agribusinesses and international buyers, building our economy, trade relationships and tourism.”
In total, Lyle Stewart announced a renewed $200,000 partnership with Canadian Western Agribition that will provide $50,000 in funding for each of the next four shows.
The Canadian Western Agribition show announced a healthy profit of $745,852 at last year’s event despite lower numbers in attendance.
Approximately 125,000 people visited Canadian Western Agribition in 2016, including 1,200 international visitors from more than 75 different countries. It also featured a diverse collection of 2,500 animals, including cattle, horses, bison and sheep.
Canadian Western Agribition CEO Chris Lane spoke shortly after the announcement, saying the show has always worked to help push agriculture in the province, and the renewed investment will only continue that.
““Since 1971, Canadian Western Agribition has worked at promoting and advocating for Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry and our partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture is an important part of that work,” he said. “We’re proud to share those goals with the government, and we’re looking forward to four more years of building the industry together.”
Also new to the show, this year was a full-size and anatomically-accurate cattle birthing simulator. The first of its kind in Saskatchewan, giving students a feel for exactly how veterinarians help in calving.
The Canadian Western Agribition show takes place from Nov. 21-25 in Regina.
LouEllen and Ceara instructing Grotto Gardens Goat Yoga