Agribition organizers and volunteers are determined to put on a memorable 50th show, which will showcase the very best beef cattle in the world.
"On the cattle and livestock side, it's full, and it's going to be busy. We are hosting all 12 national breed shows in the purebred beef world, a display of the very best beef cattle out there." This initiative has been in the works for quite some time, said Chris Lane, CEO of Agribition.
It is tradition for each purebred beef association to host its national breed show in a different location each year. The 12 associations agreed to host their national shows at the same time and place to celebrate Agribition's 50th anniversary, Canada's largest beef cattle show. This is a first in the history of the Canadian beef industry.
Lane also explained that the Beef Supreme portion of the show will be rebranded this year and will have double the prize money, 50,000 dollars, to celebrate Agribition's 50th anniversary.
Beyond the beef show, there will be extensive programming for visitors throughout the entire week.
The show's opening day, Monday, November 22nd, will be free with CN sponsorship. All attendees are invited to attend a free pancake breakfast on day one.
The first night of the rodeo will also be free of charge, courtesy of Mosaic. It will showcase some of Canada's indigenous history and culture. The other two nights of the rodeo will focus on paying tribute to first responders and Saskatchewan's energy sector.
The show will feature some new programming, including a BBQ competition, in which competitors are grilling toward a spot at the World Championships in Kansas City. Other notable additions include a full-contact jousting show and a new ladies' breakaway roping competition during the Maple Leaf Finals Rodeo.
The Maple Leaf Finals rodeo will take place from Wednesday, November 24th to Saturday, November 27th, where some of Canada's best rodeo athletes will compete for $100,000 in prize money.
Agribition will require all attendees to provide either proof of full vaccination status or proof of an approved negative COVID-19 test.
Agribition is still anticipating some international visitors from countries with lifted travel restrictions. "There is a lot of interest right now from cattle buyers coming from some European countries, Mexico, and even Australia. We know the interest is there, and it's an important place to do business for many."
Agribition will also be available for online viewing and participation for those who cannot attend in person. In addition, the beef genetic sale will also be conducted online this year.
Tickets and admissions passes for the show are now available for purchase online.