While highlights included the brand-new International Trade Centre building and a record number of innovation program entries, attendance at the 41st edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina was down again from the previous year.
Organizers say 34,853 people visited the grounds at Evraz Place last week from Wednesday through Friday.
“We programmed the show this year knowing the new International Trade Centre would provide more opportunity to showcase the industry’s best technology in an interactive setting,” says Shirley Janeczko, show manager, in a wrap-up news release published over the weekend. “We had a record 22 Innovation Program entries this year and three major product launches from AGCO, Morris Industries, and Salford Group. We provided a platform for these exhibitors to connect with buyers to share technology that continues to advance productivity in the ag sector.”
In 2017, organizers reported attendance of approximately 38,000 (which was down from estimates of 41,000 in 2016 and 41,897 in 2015.)
While attendance has dipped, organizers say business-to-business spending at the 2018 show is on pace to exceed last year’s total, noting this is the “true determinant” of its success.
Nearly 700 international visitors came from countries such as the U.S., Russia, China, Ukraine and South Africa. The show says its International Business Centre saw an estimated $345 million in sales.
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