Farmfair International, Canadian Finals Rodeo return to Alberta after 2020 COVID-19 hiatus

File: Farmfair International returns to Edmonton November 2021. Global News

After being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, two popular Alberta events are returning.

Both Farmfair International and the Canadian Finals Rodeo will run events this November.

Farmfair International will run at the Edmonton Expo Centre from Nov. 10-13. Organizers say this year’s fair comes with the highest purse in the country: more than $300,000.

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“Farmfair is back and there is more interest and excitement than ever before,” Farmfair International director Leah Jones said. “Our exhibitor registration is now open for beef shows, with over $300,000 in prizing.”

Farmfair International has been in operation for more than 45 years. It offers genetics and livestock, as well as western entertainment and programming.

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The event puts on the largest beef cattle show in Alberta, hosting several purebred breed shows, a bull pen show and commercial cattlemen’s day, as well as the Alberta Supreme.

“Farmfair provides an exceptional and vital business platform and connection for producers, commercial cattlemen and industry stakeholders in the beef industry,” said Jones.

“In addition to top quality livestock and genetics, visitors can experience and enjoy a wide variety of western excitement including stock dog trials, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo and more.”

Farmfair International is now managed by Explore Edmonton, following an announcement in June that also saw the group take over K-Days.

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Northlands no more: K-Days and Farmfair will now be managed by Explore Edmonton

Explore Edmonton said it signed a charter of principles in May with the City of Edmonton and Northlands to guide the transition of Northlands’ activities to Explore Edmonton. The formal transition took place on July 5.

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Exhibitor entries opened on Sept. 1 and remain open until Oct. 1.

Exhibitors can register online. More information about the event can be found on Farmfair International’s website.

The event used to take place at the same time as the CFR in Edmonton, however the rodeo has since relocated to Red Deer and this year will take place the week prior Farmfair.

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and Westerner Park announced Wednesday that the CFR is set to go in Red Deer Nov. 3-7.

This year marks the 47th anniversary of the rodeo event, which attracts contestants and stock from across the country.

More than 120 of the world’s best rodeo athletes will compete in this year’s event. The CFR said all major pro-rodeo events will take place, including bareback, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, ladies barrel racing, bull riding, junior steer riding, novice saddle and bareback riding.

“This is our opportunity to come together again as a rodeo community to celebrate the best in our sport,” CPRA GM Jeff Robson said. “The last couple of years were a challenge, but in true cowboy fashion, we have rebounded, and look forward to an amazing CFR47.”

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Tickets for all six CFR rodeo performances go on sale on Thursday. Individual performance tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 23.

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