It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the cancellation of the Manitoba Ag Days 2022 show.
Our team wanted to put this show on for the agriculture industry. We wanted to see the industry gather together again, reunite, showcase innovation and share knowledge. We were looking forward to hearing the buzz in the building of optimism and gratitude for another crop and the future crop year ahead of us.
On December 27th when the Government of Manitoba announced the new public health orders for Manitoba limiting indoor events to 50% capacity to a maximum of 250 people per event; we knew we could not move forward with our event that draws 10 – 18,000 people per day to the Keystone Centre. These orders were set to expire on January 11th, 2022 so we announced the postponement of our 2022 show. On January 10th, the government announced that these restrictions would remain in place until February 1st, 2022 further limiting our options for a February postponement date. We have been in constant communication with public health and had the opportunity to talk directly with the Minister of Health’s team and as we have all learned there is no guaranteed reopening plan in a pandemic.
We have worked with the Keystone Centre to try to reschedule our show for later this spring but we do not want to inhibit the ability of other events to move forward that are able to do so within the current restrictions. With the uncertainty of the reopening plan in Manitoba and given the current state of the pandemic we have no option but to cancel our show in 2022. We are very aware of the timeliness of our January event and we took this into consideration as we explored all of the options. Unfortunately, there are no possible dates available to schedule our “traditional 3 day” show in February or March without impacting other events already scheduled at the Keystone Centre. Manitoba Ag Days is committed to working with the industry and so we hope these events will continue to be able to move forward. The Keystone Centre is the premier location in Canada to host an event, especially an agricultural one and we thank the Keystone Centre for all of their hard work and willingness to work with the other vendors to look at dates for our show but sometimes the stars just do not align.
For now, we will continue to create a healthier society so that when it is safe to do so we can gather together again to celebrate our incredible industry.
Stay tuned for announcements about our Innovation Showcase Program for 2022; we have 33 entries that we will highlight and showcase over the next couple of months as we crown our champions.
Stay Safe. Take Care. And Save the Date: January 17th to 19th, 2023.
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