Agricultural trade show cancelled

Dozens of exhibits at the Smoky River Agricultural Trade Show in Falher line the Falher Curling Rink as crowds mingle.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The Smoky River Agricultural Trade Show in Falher has been ditched for 2021.

Smoky Applied Research and Demonstration Association [SARDA] announced the event scheduled for March 18-21 has been cancelled over health restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The SARDA board recently made the hard decision to cancel the trade show for 2021,” SARDA extension co-or- dinator Shelleen Gerbig writes in an e-mail.

“Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and facilities’ limitations, the board decided that we could not hold a successful event and protect exhibitors and visitors.”

Organizers had planned for a magical year for the trade show that started more than 35 years ago.

“The 2021 trade show would have been the 21st event held in the Smoky River region, and it is the first trade show ever to be cancelled,” Gerbig says.

SARDA says the trade show will return in March 2023.

More than 200 exhibits and farm equipment displays are featured in the show based at the Falher Regional Recreation Complex.

“The trade show has grown in popularity and has a reputation as a first-class event,” says Gerbig.

Exhibitors from throughout North America and visitors from throughout the Peace region and all over Alberta support and participate in the show.

The first trade show in 1984 was organized by several agri-businessmen, who envisioned an event that would provide an opportunity for agriculture companies to display new equipment, chemicals, fertilizers, seed and technology directly to the farming community.

Falher Chamber of Commerce organized the trade show in 1985.

In 1986, SARDA was incorporated, and the association agreed to take over the organization of the event.

Trade shows in 1986 and 1987 were both organized by SARDA staff and directors.

Planning and presenting an annual trade show proved to be overwhelming for the small organization and community.

Since 1987, the trade show organized by SARDA has been held in years ending in an odd number.

“The trade show is a perfect forum for farmers and industry to connect and work together,’ Gerbig says.

Profits support specialized research equipment purchases and applied agricultural research to better the farming industry.

All potential exhibitors are encouraged to subscribe to www.sarda. ca/trade-show for the latest news and notices for this upcoming event.

For further information, contact SARDA by phone at [780] 837-2900 or visit the website at

A variety of farm equipment fills the parking lot at the Falher Regional Recreation Complex for the Smoky River Agricultural Trade Show.

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