The year following the fiery Riel Rebellion that ended in the Battle of Batoche, the pioneering farmers of the newly-formed Temperance Colonization Society, began to talk. There wasn’t much of a community on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River back then, and the few families that lived in the big territory were desperate to draw newcomers. They felt that creating an event at which they could exhibit their grains and roots would advertise the district and entice merchants and tradesmen to join the fledgling community.
A resolution was drafted and forwarded to the Dominion Department of Agriculture in Ottawa, stating the case for the district to be an agricultural country.
The first fair was arranged in 1886 and “handsome” prizes were offered, such as a $2 prize for a half-mile trotting event and 50 cents for the best darned pants and socks.
While the original vision of the event was agricultural in nature, the event quickly grew to be an annual favorite, attended by tens of thousands each summer.
Over the years, musical entertainment, midway rides, horse and car racing, baseball tournaments, festive parades, cultural demonstrations and food concessions were added, making it one of the best outdoor shows in Western Canada.
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