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JANUARY 2018 • COUNTRY LIFE IN BC


25 Ag show celebrates 20 years and growing


BC’s largest farm trade show expanding to more than 300 exhibits, greater diversity ABBOTSFORD – It’s hard to


believe but the Pacific Agriculture Show is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Over


Preview by DAVID SCHMIDT


the years, it has grown to become BC’s premier agricultural showcase and this year’s show, coming to Tradex in Abbotsford, January 25-27, promises to eclipse all previous shows. The show originated when Jim Shepard and Ron Price convinced organizers of the annual Horticulture Growers’ Short Course and the BC Dairy Expo, which had been held on successive weekends, to not only join forces on the same weekend in late January but move to Tradex where the two seminar series could be combined with a massive agricultural trade show.


Even bigger trade show


Each year, the trade show continues to get bigger. This year, more than 300 exhibitors will participate, the largest number ever. “More and more of the


large equipment displays are moving outside the building opening up inside space. As well, some long-term


exhibitors have reduced the size of their exhibits allowing us to bring in more new exhibitors. More diversity means our visitors have a wider variety of products to look at,” Shepard explains. The MNP Pavilion at the south end of Wing 2 will be home of the daily growers’ luncheon, Thursday


afternoon opening reception and petting zoo. The petting zoo has been expanded this year and will also include a feature on miniature horses. To mark the 20th


anniversary, Shepard has planned a gala champagne reception Thursday afternoon. Kal Tire is providing champagne while Sidhu Growers are sponsoring hors d’oeuvres. Trade show entry is included with registrations for the horticulture short course and BC Dairy Expo. Those who wish only to attend the trade show, the BC Innovation Day Friday afternoon, and/or the BC Agriculture Council workshops on Saturday can get tickets at the door. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and 4-H members. Children under 14 are admitted free. Trade show admission is good for multiple entries all three days. Kubota is again providing free parking all three days.


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Gala sold out Once again, the BC


Agriculture Industry Gala at the Quality Inn in Abbotsford, Wednesday, January 24, is sold out. “We are still inviting


anyone interested in attending to contact the BC Agriculture Council as we are


maintaining a waiting list,” says gala co-ordinator Cassy James.


She notes this year’s gala has adopted the theme of Celebrating Environmental Stewardship in Agriculture and will be hosted by Cliff Prang, a popular Chilliwack actor and comedian. It will


feature presentations of the BCAC Leadership Award, the Agriculture In the Classroom Teacher of the Year and the Scotiabank Champion of Agriculture.


The gala includes a silent


auction, with proceeds to benefit the Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.


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