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Kayci Cameron of Brandon gets acquainted with a curious goat at the 2018 Manitoba Summer Fair petting zoo.

COVID-19 claims two-thirds of Brandon’s major ag fairs

Manitoba Summer Fair hits the chopping block, but word is still out on Ag Ex

Brandon’s Keystone Centre should have been shoulder-to-shoulder crowds June 3-7 with the pop-up city of towering rides, food trucks and entertainers that is the Manitoba Summer Fair. This year, however, the lots were bare. The Manitoba Summer Fair is now the second of three major events put on by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba to fall prey

VIDEO: Dome Building grand opening in Brandon

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba held the grand opening of the refurbished Dome Building on the Keystone Centre fairgrounds in Brandon Sept. 12. The building, properly named the Dominion Display Building II, was built in 1913 for the nationwide Dominion Exhibition, but had fallen into disrepair before the community spearheaded a fundraising campaign to save


Jewles Smyth of Roblin managed to successfully get the tie rope off a calf after running the full length of the arena during one of two calf scrambles, where 20 teens try to catch 10 frisky calves.   

PHOTOS: Winter Fair attracts youth

Spring break meant hitting the Manitoba Royal Winter Fair for many students

Brandon’s Keystone Centre was recently once again the scene of the 111th Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Once again the event educated and entertained attendees and participants during the week-long event. The event drew young people both as patrons and participants, coinciding as it did with spring break for many of the province’s youth. Freelance photographer

A high school rodeo competitor teaches how to grip the bull rope to students from Earl Oxford School Oct. 26.

Students see rodeo first hand

Ag Ex once again brought in the region’s Grades 6-8 students for a look behind the scenes at rodeo

If you asked Brandon’s middle schoolers how a bull rider grips his rope on Oct. 25, you would probably get silence. If you asked the same question a day later, they might be able to answer. Riding rough stock was one, but not the only, topic at the Keystone Centre’s main arena as the region’s

Grade 3-5 students “bid” on animals during the mock auction at Moo!Mania Oct. 24 in Brandon.

Bridging the gap between urban and beef farm

Elementary students from southwest Manitoba beat the Ag Ex crowds Oct. 24 with an agricultural education event around cattle

The day before Ag Ex is all about setup for most, but the festivities were already in full swing for 360 of the region’s Grade 3-5 students. Moo!Mania, the fair’s nod to public education and the cattle industry, returned in the lead-up to the fair. One of three major events organized by the Provincial Exhibition


Brent Stewart, of Russell’s Stewart Cattle Company, leaves the show ring with a red ribbon. By the end of the show the animal was awarded the reserve champion junior bull banner in the black Angus division.

PHOTOS: Brandon hosts Ag Ex and affiliated events

The annual gathering has a strong livestock focus and attracts participants from across the West

It was an action-packed few days at the Keystone Centre in Brandon with Ag Ex and affiliated events attracting participants from across Western Canada. The activities included agriculture education events, the Charolais national breed show, an all-breed cattle show, horse shows and the Manitoba Finals Rodeo, just to mention the highlights. Freelance photographer Sandy Black

Manitoba Beef Producers president Ben Fox (l to r) and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler mark the proclamation of Beef Week 2017.

Province marks Beef Week

Beef Week was proclaimed the same week Ag Ex brought in 
cattle from far and wide to Brandon

Beef producers got a provincial boost to their promotion and public trust efforts during the last days of October. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler proclaimed Beef Week Oct. 24, one day ahead of Ag Ex in Brandon, one of three major fairs run by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba and host to Manitoba’s largest all-breeds cattle

Wendy Gilbert-Armstrong drives Lovie Smith to first in the single pony pleasure driving 
championship during the 2017 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

Gilbert Farm still at the reins after 60 years at Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Gilbert Farm near Brandon, well known in Hackney pony-showing circles, 
marked its 60th anniversary at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in 2017

The first time Fred Gilbert walked into the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Elvis was an exciting and controversial young performer and the baby boomers were in their teen years. He has warmed horses up for the evening show by car headlights, next to the now demolished Wheat City Arena, competed in rubber boots at the


The 40th edition of Ag Days kicked off this morning in Brandon.

WRAP UP: The Co-operator at Manitoba Ag Days

40th anniversary event ‘where the ag year begins’ for Manitobans

This year’s Manitoba Ag Days takes place from Jan. 17-19 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon. Reporters from the Manitoba Co-operator will be at Ag Days taking in and talking to many speakers and exhibitors in order to report back to you, our readers. Below, we offer a wrap-up of what we covered, and upcoming

New products are a key feature of Ag Days. Last year MacDon was the big winner with its RI Series pull-type disc mower.

New products highlighted at Ag Days

Manufacturers are always bringing new innovations to market

Once again Manitoba Ag Days is expected to be a launch pad for a wide range of new farming technology and products. “All new products are listed in the show guide and on the website at www.agdays.com,” Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days general manager said. “All qualifying entries are judged and the Best New Product