Without a show in January of 2021 one might wonder what Manitoba Ag Days has to deliver. We know we cannot physically be together this year and so our board wanted to remain committed to Ag education, innovation and supporting the communities where our exhibitors and patrons live. On August 18, 2020, Manitoba Ag Days had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our show. We did not want to compete with the smaller events and / or conferences that were going to be able to go forward in 2020/ 2021 as we will always be a trade show first. We are Canada’s Largest Indoor Farm Show and a great deal of that success is attributed to our amazing exhibitors and long term sponsors. And we wanted to be able to give back to those who have supported us……
Innovation is at the forefront in Agriculture and we wanted to maintain our momentum with our Innovation Showcase!!! We have 7 categories that companies can enter their new product, item, service or invention into. For more details go to www.agdays.com/innovations With no show we wanted to help these companies launch their products all while keeping our patrons informed and up to date. We surveyed our clientele and every survey told us the same thing. Farmers do not want virtual events they want the ability to socialize and interact with the exhibitor. And so we decided to provide the information on three mediums 1) A print publication 2) on our website at www.agdays.com and 3) across our 3 social platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Manitoba Ag Days is publishing and producing its very own Publication presented by Farm Credit Canda. It is a jammed packed book full of information including our 2021 Innovation Showcase entrants, a full Exhibitor Directory and “Ag Days Specials” being offered by our Sponsors and Exhibitors for the full month of January!! Producers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan can expect to see the book in their mailboxes the week of January 4th to 8th! Our website is full of information as well, including all of the components of the publication but with more details. Exhibitors in the Innovation Showcase and those running Ag Days Specials were able to load hyperlinks and videos and brochures right onto our site. You will see that we were able to offer a lot more prize money for the Innovation Showcase this year! Without a physical show we were able to partner with Glacier Farm Media to reward $1000.00 to every finalist, $500 to every runner up and then offer a Grand Prize Award of $15,000.00 for the Grand Prize Winner of the Innovation Showcase. We wanted to get producers involved with the Showcase and so we have a voting site set up to vote for the Farmer’s Choice Grand Prize Champion who will receive $10,000.00 Producers can head to www.agdays.com/vote2021 starting on January 11th, 2021.
The final component to our deliverables this year is our Ag Days Gives Back Community Giving Program. Typically at our live in person show we would have a 50/50 held at the Keystone Centre but with no show we are holding our first ever online 50/50. (LGCA 4206-RF-35050) The funds raised through our Ag Days Gives Back Program are going to go to our 3 scholarship recipients, Ag In The Classroom –Manitoba for their virtual Manitoba Ag Days Adventure in 2021 and to 15 early learning centres throughout the province. The goal of our community giving program is to support the communities where our patrons and exhibitors live! We would encourage you to help us support ag related charities by buying your ticket at www.agdays.com/buy5050 Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20.
Check your mailboxes for the publication, tune into our website and stay connected with us on our social platforms. We have a ton of great information to deliver in a really fun and unique way! Stay Safe and Be Well so that we can all be together again, stronger than ever!
For all media inquiries contact Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days General Manager at (204)728-4137 or Christine Roskos, Manitoba Ag Days Office Manager at (204)866-4400