For those involved in agriculture, marketing grain or buying equipment, the Smoky River Ag Society Trade Show was certainly the place to be from March 14 to 16.
Since taking over from the Smoky River Chamber of Commerce 1987, SARDA has run the Ag Trade Show, long considered one of the best shows north of Edmonton, attracting vendors from the U.S. and all across Canada.
With 105 exhibit booths in the main arena, 49 in the curling rink and 5 outside exhibits, the show offered 159 vendors covering a wide swath of goods and services, information and equipment providing to the needs of for those involved in farming and related agricultural industries.
The Ag Trade Show brings thousands of people into the area to attend the show, to purchase equipment and doing business with dealers, investors, other banking and financial institutions.
Farm families also visit the show to see new technology and farming methods that continuously change every few years, such as precession seeding technology, harvesting etc.
The farm safety event on March 16 also offered a wealth of information with dog search demonstrations, Power Take-off safety and grain safety. There were chemical look-a-like instruction and quad and bike safety were also covered.
The Farm Safety segment provided “Lunch with the Mascots,” with Busy Bee, the Vanier Viper, Sparky the Dog and Cooper the Bear who kept the kids company during their hotdog lunch.
Farm Safety also provided entertainment by comedian, juggler and tightrope walker, “Flyin Bob.”
The Log Cabin across from the Falher Arena hosted a number of seminars including one on Taxation, and Manipulator Plant Growth Regulator, which was offered by Belchim Crop Protection.
The Farmer Appreciation Evening was by all accounts a fun event beginning with cocktails, then supper and finishing with entertainment by Flyin Bob and Johnny Bagpipes.
The considerable increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic within the town of Falher and the region is evidence of the boon the annual Ag Society Trade Show brings to the regional economy.