Farm Progress posts single-day gate record

The 2009 edition of the Western Canada Farm Progress Show posted a single-day record for show attendance and a near-record attendance over all three days.

The event, held June 17-19 at Evraz Place (formerly Exhibition Park) in Regina, posted total three-day attendance of 42,863, which organizers said is “near the top in the show’s 30-year history.”

On the Thursday (June 18), over 17,000 people passed through the gates for a single-day record.

“The Farm Progress Show’s important relationship with the agriculture industry continues to grow and its relevance to the many sectors within the industry also continues to increase on an annual basis,” show manager Rob O’Connor said in a release Tuesday.

The introduction of “Preview Day,” which took place the day prior to the show’s opening, helped build momentum for 700 exhibitors, O’Connor said.

The Agriculture Manufacturers of Canada (AMC) annual convention, moved from the fall to coincide with the show, was “another contributing positive factor,” organizers said in their release.

“Tens of millons of dollars in business transactions take place during the Farm Progress Show,” O’Connor said. Of that, most occur through the show’s International Business Centre (IBC), a meeting place for international delegates.

At the IBC, he said, “international buyers and sellers conduct multi-million dollar deals in a matter of minutes. It’s why the show has become a must-attend event for those companies involved in the global agricultural market.”

O’Connor noted the 2010 show will benefit from new multi-purpose facilities coming online at Evraz Place later this year, offering opportunities in terms of additional indoor exhibit space and showcases for new programs and services.

Farm Business Communications’ daily reports from the show are available online at Farm Progress Show News, sponsored by Viterra.

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