Best in the Westerner

Red Deer’s annual Agri-Trade Farm Equipment Exposition has impressed a lot of people during its 25 years.

Curt Kleoppel

Red Deer’s annual Agri-Trade Farm Equipment Exposition has impressed a lot of people during its 25 years.

But few have assessed the show’s venue with the experienced eye of the delegation that toured Westerner Park on Tuesday.

The city is playing host to the North American Farm Show Council’s annual general meeting, with representatives from many of the association’s 25 farm show members here this week. Among the approximately 23 visitors in Red Deer for the gathering is Curt Kleoppel, president of the council.

Kleoppel, who is on-site show manager of the Kansas City, Mo., Western Farm Show, described Westerner Park as an “excellent facility.”

He previously saw the home of Agri-Trade more than a decade ago, when the council’s AGM was last held in Red Deer.

“They’ve expanded a lot since 1998,” said Kleoppel. “It’s very well put together.”

Despite the global economic downturn, farm shows continue to do well, said Kleoppel.

“The farm economy is still in a thriving mode.”

That said, farm show organizers must work hard to attract exhibitors that will draw producers, and producers who will appeal to exhibitors. The number 1 priority is to make exhibitors happy, said Kleoppel, and the other number 1 priority is to keep attendees happy.

“The manufacturers are evaluating the shows a little heavier than what they used to, and they’re looking at their dollar and what they get for their dollar and what kind of sales leads and market potential they receive from the shows.”

Membership in the North American Farm Show Council is an important tool with which to attract exhibitors and producers, he said.

“To be a member of the North American Farm Show Council is like having the Good Housekeeping Seal on your show. You’re a proven show and a recognized show and a quality show.”

Members are evaluated every five years, and those deemed not up to standard could be suspended or even kicked out of the council, said Kleoppel.

Another benefit of the association is that it allows farm show managers to network and share ideas, he said.

The decision to hold the council’s 2009 AGM in Red Deer was motivated by Pat Kennedy, founder and manager of Agri-Trade and past-president of the council.

In addition to attending meetings Wednesday and Thursday, participants were scheduled to tour the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, and were also encouraged to see other sites while in Alberta.

“Some people are staying through Friday and some are even staying through Saturday,” said Kleoppel.

hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Rural transit service rolled out

2A South Regional Transit will link Innisfail and Penhold with Red Deer

Some Red Deer waste collection schedules change due to holiday season

Tuesday collections will be moved for two weeks

Red Deer ‘champion’ helps hospital by sharing ongoing petition

It’s been about three years since many physicians at Red Deer Regional… Continue reading

Red Deer Airport’s prospects are looking up for 2019

Ultra-low-cost passenger service is on the horizon

Funding down for Red Deer Christmas charities

Food hampers and toys for children going out to those in need

Alberta’s Sundial starts shipping to AGLC this week

Sundial’s Rocky View facility has received the green light from Health Canada… Continue reading

Penny Marshall dead at 75, best known as TV’s Laverne and director of ‘Big,’ ‘A League of Their Own’

Bronx-born Penny Marshall, who found ’70s sitcom success on “Laverne and Shirley”… Continue reading

Chabot scores overtime winner to lift Senators over Predators 4-3

OTTAWA — Thomas Chabot saw an opening and he took it. And… Continue reading

Canadian Marielle Thompson earns World Cup ski cross bronze in season opener

AROSA, Switzerland — Canada’s Marielle Thompson captured bronze at the opening World… Continue reading

Canada doesn’t make Oscars short list for best foreign language film

LOS ANGELES — Canada is no longer in the running for best… Continue reading

Warrant issued for arrest of ‘Schwimmer lookalike’ suspect

LONDON — A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an… Continue reading

Moneywise: Canadian workers unhappy with pay, want pension plans

Many working Canadians are feeling underpaid and are so worried about their… Continue reading

Brazil police say faith healer has turned himself in

RIO DE JANEIRO — A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing… Continue reading

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

VANCOUVER — Nicola Froese says she has always loved playing sports, but… Continue reading

Most Read