A trade show that displays the latest in planting and harvesting technology is coming to Red Deer.
The Thanks for Farming Tour will be held at Red Deer’s Westerner Park on Nov. 11 and 12 to help fill a void created by cancellation of the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo.
“The central Alberta region is one of the most productive farming communities in the Prairies, and we have a way to connect with the farmers in this region in a safe, celebratory manner,” said Jeremy Matuszewski, president and co-founder of Thunderstruck Ag Equipment.
The first-ever Thanks for Farming Tour was held in June and July, visiting nine communities in three Prairie provinces, in an effort to connect the agriculture community with quality manufacturers.
“With the recent news that Agri-Trade Equipment Expo would have to cancel, the decision was made to bring the tour to Red Deer and host an event after harvest to celebrate persistent farmers, ranchers and all their accomplishments in a difficult 2020,” the company says in a statement.
The goal of the event is to host “an intimate trade show that allows us to connect with the ag community, say thank you to resilient and adaptable growers, producers and breeders, and give back to ag in Canada,” the statement said.
“These educational and innovative events allow exhibitors to connect with ag buyers. Attendees can engage in the newest trends across the industry and we can have a lot of fun while we’re there.
“Giving back has been a huge focus for the summer tour and the Red Deer stop will be no different.”
Admission for the event will be $20 a day and pre-registration is required, with proceeds going to two local organizations.
The Nov. 11 ticket sales donation will go to the 25 Wing Red Deer Air Cadets and the Nov. 12 ticket sales donation will go to the Smiles Thru Lindsay Foundation.
A maximum of 500 tickets per day will be sold to ensure safety of all participants.
For more information, visit www.thanksforfarmingtour.com.