After holding out hope this year’s AgDays in Brandon could take place organizers have decided there are too many unknowns and decided to cancel the 2022 show.
This is the second year in a row the pandemic has forced show officials to call off the program.
“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” said General Manager Kristen Phillips.
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 the host committee knew they could not move forward with an event that draws 10 - 18,000 people per day to the Keystone Centre. These orders were set to expire on January 11th, 2022 so they 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 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.”
Kristen Phillips says the Keystone Centre has been great to work with as they tried to find alternative dates but in the end there was simply too many unknowns to put on this year’s show. “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.”
Phillips wants people to stay tuned for announcements about our Innovation Showcase Program for 2022. They have 33 entries that will be highlighted and showcased over the next couple of months as they work to crown their champions.
The next Manitoba AgDays is set for January 17th to 19th, 2023.