One of the most important features of Ag Days is that over the past 40 years it’s steadfastly remained 100 per cent focused on agriculture.
That ongoing commitment sits well with producers and prospective volunteers and board members, says Kristen Phillips, the event’s general manager.
“The board members are committed to ensuring the show remains 100 per cent about agriculture,” Phillips said during a recent interview. “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.”
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.
“No matter what the event is, big or small, there needs to be a core foundation of people to help make it successful,” Phillips said. “Ag Days is no different. We rely on many volunteers who make the show as personable as it can be. Ag Days has noticed that each year it continues to receive more and more volunteers coming to help out with the show, with a large number of them returning from previous years. And we are just thrilled with the work they do and the value they all add to our show.”
According to Phillips, volunteers run the gamut of event tasks. She says most of the volunteers will spend time in the information booth, as well as help out with ticket sales for the various draws that take place throughout the show.
Alongside the help from the volunteers, Phillips says Manitoba Ag Days is organized by 14 board members who represent producers, exhibitors, and Manitoba Agriculture.
“Manitoba Ag Days board members are responsible for the organization of the whole show,” Phillips said. “They are appointed to cover a different aspect of the show, which includes the program, the community giving fund, the sponsorship and the move-in and move-out co-ordination.”