Registration for CanolaPALOOZA in Lacombe, Alberta is now live, and I can’t help but be a little excited. Last year, event organizers hinted at great content and wacky entertainment, but I really didn’t know what to expect. I showed up with camera in hand, sunscreen on face.
Before that sunny June day, I had never been to an agriculture event where I could eat a grilled cheese sandwich with apples and bacon for lunch and chuck a ball at a dunk tank before learning about root maggots. Nor had I discussed herbicide options with industry professionals over a snow cone.
And this year’s event looks to surprise and inform yet again, with stations that cover everything from harvest management (red, blue and green) to agronomy photography.When I filmed a Canola School at Lacombe last week, the enthusiasm for the plots was contagious…I couldn’t say no to filming this shoot in an effort to find out what, exactly, the CanolaPALOOZA team thinks the event is all about. Can’t see the embedded video? Find it here.
Manitoba farmers will also get the chance to enjoy CanolaPALOOZA in 2016, as the one-day event will be held outside Alberta for the first time near Portage on June 21. Register here.