Western Canada’s largest outdoor farm show getting bigger

Ag in Motion Show Director Rob O’Connor at a news conference May 9 announcing this year’s three-day event scheduled for July 17-19

Ag in Motion, western Canada’s largest outdoor farm show, is adding another 100 companies to its lineup for this year’s event.
“We’re heading into our fourth year,” said Ag in Motion Show Director Rob O’Connor at a news conference at the show site on Wednesday, May 9, “and it just keeps getting bigger every year. We have more demonstrations, we have more innovation and knowledge transfer areas within the show site, and we’re expecting another huge turnout over the course of the three day show.”
Last year, almost 26,000 people passed through the show gates, a huge increase over the 16,000 visitors in 2016.
“We were really surprised at the incredible numbers last year,” said O’Connor. “We had hoped for 20,000, but we actually almost hit 26,000. We didn’t expect to grow that quickly. This year we’re hoping to be in the same range.”
O’Connor said the show has purchased an additional half-section of land adjacent to its original half-section, giving it a full section in the RM of Corman Park just west of Langham.
“That additional land gives companies a lot more room to conduct different types of applied research, or showcase innovative agricultural equipment and techniques,” said O’Connor. “It’s an opportunity for companies to have demonstrations on a season-long basis, instead of just over the three days of the show itself.”
Ag in Motion runs July 17-19, and features family-oriented and educational exhibits as well as industry demonstrations and trade show booths.
Full details of the exhibitors, location and program are available on the show’s website at .
O’Connor said Ag in Motion brings innovation to the field through interactive exhibits and live field and crop plot demonstrations. The show was created to empower farmers by providing the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.
“Agriculture is full of innovation,” said O’Connor. “Twenty years ago, global positioning systems, or GPS, was new to the industry. Now it’s accepted as standard.
“At shows like Ag in Motion, we can continue unveiling new technology, new equipment and new crops that today might be very innovative, but in a decade or two, they’ll have influenced the industry so much that they’ll be commonplace.”
A big addition to this year’s event is a benefit concert for the STARS air ambulance service. The concert, featuring headliner Brett Kissel, a CCMA award-winning country artist, has already sold 900 of its 1200 tickets.
STARS Manager of Events Kim Kroll-Goodwin said in addition to the concert, there is a dinner and live auction. While its goal is similar to fancy black-tie galas, its dress code is much more relaxed.
“It’s come as you are, have a great time, and support STARS,” said Kroll-Goodwin.
Morris Industries CEO Ben Voss, who is also a member of the STARS volunteer boar of directors in Saskatchewan, said the fundraiser is aimed at giving those in the agriculture industry an opportunity to donate their products and services to benefit STARS.
He said a similar type of fundraiser in Calgary to benefit STARS is put on by the oil industry.
“STARS is a life-saving service that all farmers on the prairies rely on to be there for them should they ever need it,” said Voss.