Nearly 75 vendors will be safely distanced at Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall over the next two days for the Thanks For Farming agriculture equipment show. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Nearly 75 vendors will be safely distanced at Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall over the next two days for the Thanks For Farming agriculture equipment show. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Thanks for Farming tour touches down in Red Deer

The Thanks For Farming Tour trade show is set to bring the latest in agriculture technology and equipment to Red Deer this week.

Organizers stepped in to host a two-day show at Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall, after the cancellation of the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo.

There are 75 vendors at the new show, which will accommodate up to 500 spectators per day Wednesday and Thursday, with all proper Alberta Health Services COVID-19 protocols in place.

As of Tuesday, about 45 per cent of tickets had been sold.

“Really excited. (Monday) was a really cool day because all the big equipment got moved in. It’s just fun to see it all come together. Basically, six weeks of planning from the time we first thought of this, to being here. It’s mind-blowing,” 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.

Matuszewski said they are building on the success of those events in an effort to help farmers connect. He noted there will be a number of speakers over the two days sharing their knowledge in the industry.

“People are going to see a really wide range of equipment, both for grain producers and livestock producers. There’s a lot of different equipment here. There’s cool technology here. The speaker list we have is amazing. There’s going to be a lot of knowledge,” he said.

“We want people just to come, feel safe, be safe and just enjoy getting off their farm and getting off the ranch and going to a show.”

Admission for the event is $20 a day and pre-registration is required at www.thanksforfarmingtour.com, with proceeds going to two local organizations.

Wednesday’s ticket sales donation will go to the 25 Wing Red Deer Air Cadets and Thursday’s ticket sales donation will go to the Smiles Thru Lindsay Foundation.

A maximum of 500 tickets per day will be sold to ensure the safety of all participants and there are still tickets available at the door.