No turning back now, folks. The show begins.
The gates don’t officially open until Tuesday morning (July 16) but after months of planning and weeks of set up, the 2019 edition – fifth annual- Ag In Motion (AIM) farm show is ready to roll near Langham, Sask.
Bigger and better than ever? Well I saw plenty of new stuff just in my quick walk around a few blocks of the show Monday afternoon. I was particularly concerned to make sure the food trucks had showed up and they had (there are 30 food vendors in total). I could relax, but few others could.
It was a 320 acres of organized confusion Monday as the many of the 552 exhibitors were putting the final touches to displays that pretty well cover about 100 acres of the show site. If it is something you can use in farming or ranching, you will no doubt find it here.
As I noted in an earlier blog in May, five years ago when the AIM concept was launched, the 640 acre site about 20 minutes northwest of Sasktoon along Highway 16 was only a stubble field between two rows of trees.
Today along with an ever-expanding tent city, there are more permanent and semi-permanent structures and displays — steel buildings, display homes, and grain handling systems that certainly give the feeling this is an event that’s here to stay.
A few of the new features to note this year:
- there’s a new tool centre built by Warman Home Centre – who can’t use more tools?
- the Scotiabank Farm Pavilion has doubled in size
- New Holland corporate has joined the show with more than 20,000 sq feet of exhibit space
- Versatile is launching the Nemesis tractor – you’ll want to take one of those home
- there are 75 livestock exhibitors this year. Wednesday is Beef Day
- Masterfeeds is staging a beef breeds showcase
- there is a bison program with Bison Day on Thursday.
- a sheep handling demonstration
- ProFarm has a milking parlour demonstration (for dairy cows but not sheep or bison at least not this year anyway.) Tuesday is Dairy Day.
- and if you need a real break there is The Watering Hole hospitality area – (that may be were they serve High Tea at 3 p.m.- but I’m just guessing on that.)
And that’s just for starters. There are acres of crops and crop protection plots, a full slate of livestock, crop
production, crop marketing and farm management speakers.
Did I mention they have 30 food vendors.
Along with main show site, there is more. Last year the show acquired another 640 adjoining acres, which has been named the Discovery Farm. It has been developed as a field scale applied research farm being used by industry, government and university researchers to demonstrate a wide range of crops, production and farming practices. Who knew pineapples could grow this far north.
Ag In Motion is fully motivated. Be there among an estimated 35,000 visitors expected this year or you’ll be missing out on the premier Western Canadian farm expo of the year.
The show runs Tuesday July 16 to Thursday July 18 running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission (cash only) is $20 for adults, and $10 for youth (13 to 17) and 12 and under are free. (We seniors appear to be on our own at full price, but I’m going to act childish and see what happens). Free parking.
Wear good walking shoes and perhaps bring a rain jacket. AIM has organized a 40 per cent chance of showers each day just to keep the dust down and crops crisp. They think of everything.
Lee Hart is a field editor with Grainews based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]