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“I’ve always been proud of what the Provincial Exhibition puts back into the city of Brandon — economic impact and grassroots things, the education that it puts for urban kids.” – Kathy Cleaver.

Cleaver scoops national award

Faces of Ag: Kathy Cleaver’s involvement with the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is a long list, and now it includes a national award from the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Roll of Honour

For anyone involved with the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba over the last few decades, it’s likely hard to imagine the organization without Kathy Cleaver. Cleaver’s name has been a consistent presence within the committees of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, the organization that brings three major Brandon ag fairs to fruition year after year. From

The historic dome building on the Keystone Centre grounds in Brandon.

Pandemic puts time out on RMWF planning

The hits keep coming for Manitoba’s ag fairs

COVID-19 has hit pause on yet another ag fair normally put on by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. The exhibition board has suspended planning for the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, which typically draws thousands to Brandon’s Keystone Centre for trade shows, horse and cattle exhibits, agricultural education and other entertainment in March, the exhibition announced


The historic dome building on the Keystone Centre grounds in Brandon.

Provincial Ex hosts alternative events due to COVID-19

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is hoping a lineup of smaller events can help mitigate the financial damage of cancellations

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is fighting for its financial life. The organization has been forced to cancel its entire slate of Brandon-based fairs this year due to COVID-19. The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba hopes that a rush of small events will help take some of the sting out of losing all three major fairs

Phillip Waldner of Plainview Colony stands beside his grand champion carcass.

Two in a row for Plainview Colony

Plainview Colony has had a good few years at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair pork quality competition, chalking up another win this year

Plainview Colony was the best in show for the second year running at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair’s annual pork quality competition. The colony’s north barn successfully defended its grand champion spot. Last year, the barn claimed both first and second in the annual winter fair competition on top of a fourth-place finish in December

Kate (left) and Anne (right) Kotula of St. Andrews learn how to wrap a horse leg for transport at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine exhibit at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

Show and tell at the fair

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair put on a real push to 
educate an urban audience on agriculture

Most people will never live a day in the life of a veterinarian. But for a booth tucked into the most kid-focused corner of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair the goal was to give attendees just a taste of it and provide a little practical ag education while they’re at it. At one table, staff


The historic dome building on the Keystone Centre grounds will be the site of a fundraiser for Agriculture in the Classroom — Manitoba.

Manitoba Social to raise advocacy funds

Ag in the Classroom will benefit from the first-ever event at the historic dome building

In the spirit of going a step further to promote agriculture advocacy, this year Ag Days is throwing a fundraising social for one of the province’s most important agriculture education groups. The first-ever Manitoba Social will take place January 23 at 8 p.m. in the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba’s historic dome building with all funds

Justin Carvey of Alexander shows off his national championship banner after taking 
Senior Champion Bull Calf this year at Ag Ex.

Ag Ex drew three national breed shows this year

Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn breeders all converged on the Keystone Centre

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba more than doubled down on purebred cattle for Ag Ex. The fall fair included three national breed shows this year. Ag Ex typically draws one national breed organization, the most recent being the Canadian Charolais Association last year. This year, Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn all hosted their national shows at

Russell Thompson of Poplar Park Farm poses next to his national awards. The Hamiota producer took home Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor from the province’s first National Shorthorn Show at Ag Ex 2018.

Three national cattle shows land in Brandon

It was a good year to be an Angus, Simmental or Shorthorn breeder in Manitoba, at least in terms of travel time to the national show

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba more than doubled down on purebred cattle for Ag Ex. The fall fair included three national breed shows this year. Ag Ex typically draws one national breed organization, the most recent being the Canadian Charolais Association last year. This year, Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn all hosted their national shows at


VIDEO: Dome Building grand opening in Brandon

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

More than 500 students took part in the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba’s ag education events on October 26 and 27.

Showing off the industry to tomorrow’s consumers

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba strives to include agriculture education programs at all of its events, including Ag Ex

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba seized the opportunity to spread some agriculture knowledge to Manitoba youth during its annual Ag Ex event. “At all of our events we like to put a focus on ag education,” said Ron Kristjansson, general manager of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. “Having the students come out to our events