Manitoba Ag Days to host Innovation Showcase online, in print

Exhibitors and Ag Days Specials to get listing in publication, web platforms

The halls of the Keystone Centre will remain silent this January, but the Innovation Showcase portion of Ag Days will go on this winter.

Producers and exhibitors will still be able to interact and show off ag innovations through Manitoba Ag Days this year, albeit in a very different format.

“We know we cannot physically be together this year and so our board wanted to remain committed to ag education, innovation and supporting the communities where our exhibitors and patrons live,” the organization said in a news release on December 10.

Manitoba Ag Days, which typically runs each January in Brandon, was cancelled on August 18 due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Based on producer surveys, the organization said it will not go to a virtual event.

“Farmers do not want virtual events,” it said. “They want the ability to socialize and interact with the exhibitor.”

The Innovation Showcase (formerly the Inventors’ Showcase) will go forward, accepting innovative ag products, services and inventions in seven categories.

Entries will be displayed through a print publication, on Ag Day’s website, and on social media along with a full exhibitors directory and “Ag Days Specials,” the organization said.

The showcase offers a grand prize of $15,000, $1,000 to every finalist, and $500 to runners-up. Producers may vote for the Farmer’s Choice Grand Prize Champion, who will receive $10,000.

The Ag Days Gives Back community giving program, typically a 50/50 draw at the show, will go forward as an online 50/50 with funds raised going to Ag in the Classroom and 15 early learning centres throughout Manitoba.

“The goal of our community giving program is to support the communities where our patrons and exhibitors live!” Ag Days said in the news release.

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