Canada's largest dryland farm equipment and technology exhibition, the Western Canada Farm Progress Show (WCFPS), opened today in Regina, Saskatchewan and runs through Friday, June 19th.
This year's 32nd annual WCFPS boasts more than 700 exhibitors, 40,000 attendees and 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space. Demonstrations of the latest agricultural equipment, technology, services and farming practices are offered at multiple venues.
Some of the new programs at this year's event include a renewable energy trade fair "Energy Centre," seminars on livestock production and management, an antique truck and tractor exhibit and shuttle services for attendees and exhibitors.
Although the show opened officially on Wednesday, show organizers held a preview event on Tuesday. The provincial agriculture secretary announced $100,000 in funding over the next five years to support WCFPS, according to the Regina Leader-Post.
Show manager Rob O'Connor said international visitors from more than 30 countries contribute to WCFPS's long-standing success. An international business center at the exhibition introduces international visitors to those exhibitors that export product.
O'Connor said this year's farm show also offers visitors a country concert series "featuring some of the best country singers around."