Calgary, AB –The Calgary Stampede Agriculture Education committee is bringing the farm to the city April 9-13. To bridge the urban rural divide, Aggie Days will showcase a number of new hands-on agriculture exhibits at the BMO Centre in the heart of Stampede Park.
“Our program connects agriculture and education – we bring the farm to the city and through live animal demos and interactive displays we educate children to show the impact agriculture has on our daily lives,” says Connie James, chair of the Agriculture Education committee. “This year we are focusing on how the food from the farm gets to your kitchen.”
New initiatives you will see at this year’s Aggie Days are:
· Blacksmiths are back after several years absence to show kids why and how to trim horse hooves
· Lady, the star of the 2014 Calgary Stampede poster will be on the red carpet
· “Cut! To the Chase” book launch for Alberta Canola Producers Commission
· Jump with Jill, The World’s Only Rock ‘N Roll Nutrition Show
· Celebrity readers at the book corner this year include Mayor Nenshi, Buckshot & Benny, and Hawk the mini horse
· Urban farming and how you can grow food even in the smallest backyard or patio
“The focus this year on how food gets from the farm to the table emphasizes the important relationship between agriculture and energy,” says Joan Shilling, Director, Community Involvement with Encana. “In addition to fuel used to run farm equipment and transport goods to market, natural gas is also used in synthetic fertilizers. Encana has worked with many landowners over the years and we’re proud to be part of Aggie Days, showcasing the significant contributions that agriculture and energy have on the cultural fabric of Alberta
Presented by the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Education committee and sponsored by Encana, Aggie Days runs April 9-13, 2014 and will play host to approximately 40,000 people throughout the five days. The first three days are reserved for pre-registered school groups with the doors opening to the public on the weekend. The Family Fun Days take place on Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is FREE for all visitors! For more information, please visit: Calgary Stampede Aggie Days.
About the Calgary Stampede
As we enter our second century, the Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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