This past week was Aggie Days, sponsored by Encana, where the Calgary Stampede brings the farm to the city. Kids were able to brush noses with llamas, see enormous farm equipment and learn about where their eggs, chickens, and canola come from, and much more. Watch the video for a glimpse into the 2014 Aggie Days.
“I personally feel that Aggie Days is one of the greatest gifts that Calgary Stampede gives to our City because it is a free event that is highly educational, safe and so fun that it leaves life long memories with children who grow up to bring their own children to Aggie Days,” says Lori Wheeler, Agriculture program coordinator.
Approximately 11,000 school children attended Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 42,000 guests attended Aggie Days on the weekend this year.
The dedicated Agriculture Education committee volunteers start working in September to prepare for Aggie Days in April. Aggie Days is a multi-faceted event that requires an incredible amount of planning. There’s the noon-hour rodeo during the school days, two agricultural competitions, more than 50 exhibitors to coordinate and 10 other Calgary Stampede volunteer committees involved. The event also entails reaching out to hundreds of schools and home-school parents throughout Calgary and surrounding areas, coordinating school buses, implementing an Art Showcase for individuals with special needs and bringing in guest readers to read farm-based books to our guests.
Many thanks to the wonderful Ag Education committee volunteers for such a successful event!
Aggie Days celebrates its 30th Anniversary next year–we cannot wait!