An event as large and as well regarded as Manitoba Ag Days needs the support of many people behind the scenes to make it as special as can be.
In the case of 2019 Manitoba Ag Days, a 100 per cent commitment to a 100 per cent agricultural show goes a long way with volunteers and board members of the Manitoba Ag Days.
“The board members are committed to ensuring the show remains entirely about agriculture,” says Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days general manager. “They strive to ensure the show features equipment to parts to agriculture services and all things in between. If it’s a part of a Manitoba farming operation, you’ll find it at Manitoba Ag Days.”
According to Phillips, volunteers run the gamut of event tasks. She says most of the volunteers will spend time in the Manitoba Ag Days information booths as well as help out with ticket sales for the various draws that take place throughout the show.
“Every event needs people to help make it successful,” says Phillips. “Manitoba Ag Days relies on many volunteers that make the show as special as it can be.”
Year by year, Manitoba Ag Days has received more and more volunteers coming to help out with the show, with a large number of them returning from previous years. Organizers are pleased with the work they do and the value they all add to the massive show.
Alongside the on-site volunteers, Phillips says the Manitoba Ag Days board is 15 board members, co-chaired by Brad Crammond and David Laudin, who represent producers, exhibitors, and Manitoba Agriculture.
“Manitoba Ag Days board members are appointed to cover a different aspect of the show, which includes the program, the community giving fund, the sponsorship, the media and the move in and move out co-ordination,” says Phillips. “They are indeed the heartbeat of our event.”