Cana­dian West­ern Agri­bi­tion post­pones 50th show un­til 2021

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Cana­dian West­ern Agri­bi­tion (CWA) an­nounced last week that, in re­sponse to re­stric­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions sur­round­ing COVID-19, CWA’s 50th show will be post­poned un­til 2021.

“This was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to make, but the health and safety of our ex­hibitors, spon­sors, vol­un­teers, part­ners, and guests is pri­or­ity,” says CWA Pres­i­dent Chris Lees. “We owe it to ev­ery­one con­nected to Agri­bi­tion to make the best de­ci­sions we can, even when they’re the hard­est ones to make.”

CWA’s 50th show that was sched­uled to take place on Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 5, 2020, will now take place Novem­ber 22 to 27, 2021.

“Agri­bi­tion has never missed show in 49 years so this is tough,” says CWA CEO Chris Lane. “But we have al­ready started mak­ing sure that CWA’s year­round work con­tin­ues and we show­case Cana­dian agri­cul­ture to the com­mu­nity and to the world.”

CWA will work to create new dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ences for ex­hibitors, in­ter­na­tional buy­ers, and stu­dents. Work on men­tor­ship, in­ter­na­tional mar­ket de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, and schol­ar­ships will also con­tinue through 2020.

“There’s so much about Agri­bi­tion that sup­ports the in­dus­try out­side of the event it­self. We have an op­por­tu­nity to build on that and make sure it’s as strong as it can be,” says Lane.

Plan­ning for Agri­bi­tion’s 50th show in 2021 will con­tinue with an­nounce­ments on new pro­grams, en­ter­tain­ment, and events to come.

“CWA’s Board of Di­rec­tors and Staff are com­mit­ted to mak­ing the 50th show the ab­so­lute best it can be. That work hasn’t stopped yet and it won’t stop now,” says Lees.

CWA’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing will take place via we­b­cast and con­fer­ence call on June 25, 2020. De­tails can be found on­line at www.agri­bi­tion.com.

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