This week, Stampede Spotlight showcased Western Oasis and Buckaroos as two potential spaces where you could take your family. Access to these spaces are free with your gate admission.

One other space that may be of interest to those with families (and even to those who have none) is the Ag-tivity in the City exhibit.

Sponsored by Agrium, Ag-tivity in the City is a massive area comprising of the Agrium Discovery Centre inside the main Ag-tivity in the city tent, as well as the various agriculture-related exhibits and stations surrounding it.

Inside the Discovery Centre you will find interactive displays featuring Alberta Milk, Alberta Pork, Alberta Chicken, Alberta Eggs, Alberta Turkey Producers, Alberta Canola Producers Commission and Dow AgroSciences Canola Learning Centre, Olds College, Alberta Beef, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and Bison Producers of Alberta.

Outside, you’ll find the Country Critters Presentation Stage featuring cow milking, sheep shearing, stock dogs, goats, and several other agriculture-related presentations, as well as the ATCO Energy Education Mobile featuring an interactive and unique learning experience designed for young students to learn more about Alberta’s energy resources and energy efficiency.

The Express Clydesdale Hitch will also be on display, and the Heritage Cabin will give you a feel for the rudimentary conditions that pioneers endured to settle the west by allowing you an opportunity to experience firsthand how people lived during that time.

Since pictures are worth more than a thousand words, here is a video clip from last year showing off the Ag-tivity in the City area:

Personally, as someone who is currently single, living on his own, and a young adult, I like visiting the Rooted in the City – Greenhouse feature. Located outside the main tent, it’s an interesting place to learn about how food is grown, and to pick up tips on how to maintain an urban garden. It’s especially perfect for those of you who maintain gardens in your kitchen or balcony.

I also try to make a visit to the Milk and Cookies station every year (sometimes every day). Also located outside of the main tent, here you can learn about how milk is produced, and for a very nominal fee, purchase some milk and cookies to enjoy. It makes for a great snack, especially if you’re unable to make it all the way to Weadickville to pick up something more substantial.

Finally, if you’ve never been, I would recommend going on a Barn Tour. Here, a Stampede volunteer will take you into the Agriculture Barns and will give you a guided tour of everything that’s on display inside the venue. As a born-and-raised Calgarian myself, taking one of these tours last year really helped me to appreciate the agricultural side of things much more. While tours are available throughout the day, each tour is a different experience influenced by many factors. On the tour I took, we detoured to learn more about wool production and the challenges that llama wool producers face compared to those that traditional sheep wool producers face by talking to people directly involved in its production. It was very, very interesting, and because exhibits in the Barns sometimes change every year, it’s always worth going on one every once in a while as each tour really is a different experience.

Anyways, if you’re trying to plan your Stampede in advance this year, you should try to check out some of what Ag-tivity in the City offers.

Since there is just so much to the Ag-tivity in the City area (more than I can write about here), I highly recommend that you visit our main website or the Stampede Agriculture website to learn more.