Wednesday November 26, 2014

Harvest Showdown ready for 25th

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YEA president John Simpson.

The 2013 Grain Millers Harvest Showdown is set to go on the city.

“This is the 25th edition (of the Showdown),” said John Simpson president of the Yorkton Exhibition Association which hosts the event. “We’re very pleased to be celebrating the 25th anniversary.”

The four-day event will once again feature a mix of established and new events, most connected to agriculture.

The Showdown launches Wednesday with the 4th Annual Saskatchewan Canola Expo, said Simpson.

Blaine Woycheshin, Bayer Crop Science will kick off the event with a presentation on Invigor Evolution, followed by Troy McInnis, AMIDAS – your integrated solution for nitrogen & sulphur, Lyndon Carlson, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Farm Credit Canada will talk about opportunities in Canadian Agriculture, Marlene Boersch, Mercantile Venture – marketing this year’s crop and pricing strategies, Lyndon Hicks, Ministry of Agriculture – plant densities, harvest losses and volunteer canola and finally rounding out the afternoon is Mathew Van Dijk, Farm Credit Canada – manage your farm from anywhere.

That evening Mike Jubinville “will be speaking at the Farrell Agencies Farmer Appreciation Night,” said Simpson. His topic will be commodity prices over the winter and into next year.

The Grain, Forage and Seed Show will go Thursday, “featuring some of the best grain and forage samples from local producers,” said Simpson.

Wednesday and Thursday evening will be the second year for the Horse Extravaganza.

This year we will once again be featuring the very popular horse pulls, along with entertaining Mounted Shooting and Trick Riders, detailed Simpson.

New this year is the 4-H Musical Ride featuring the local 4-H members from the area.

“This was the 100th year of 4-H and this was one of the ways we celebrated that,” said Simpson.

Also featured Wednesday and Thursday evening and Friday and Saturday afternoon will be The Knights of Valour.
The show puts a modern twist on the sport of jousting from the days of Merrie Old England.

“This is jousting on horseback, the same as back in … King Arthur’s time,” said Simpson. “It’s knights in full armour on horseback taking a run at each other with a long stick trying to knock the other guy off.”

The battles don’t end there; sword fighting ensue until a final victor is named. Sir Shanton of Falcon’s Hill, aka Shane Adams, leads the Knights of Valour atop Dragon, his black Percheron Stallion.

Also back again this year is Mounted Shooting. The sport has riders using traditional six guns, which are shot at balloon targets without bullet projectiles. The blanks break the balloons by the black powder from the gun, meaning competitors must be within about 18-inches of the balloons.

Other events include the Chantelle Kirkham Memorial Stock Dog Competition Thursday as well as the Commercial Cattle Futurity Pen Show, Pen of Bulls Show and Cattlemen’s Supper with the Commercial Cattle Pen Show and Sale on Friday.

The Yorkton New Holland Rodeo dual sanctioned CCA/MRCA Rodeo will go again this year with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, noted Simpson.

Saturday is jam packed with Team Roping, 4-H Judging Competition, Auctioneer Competition, Exotic Animal Sale and the Leon Malinowski Memorial Fiddling Competition.

Winding up the show is the Senior Supper and Dance featuring Ken Goodman and Friends as well as the Rodeo Dance with music by Chris Henderson. Advance tickets are $12 and available at the Exhibition Office.

Finally don’t miss our trade show which features over 100 booths and is located in the Flexi-Hall of the Gallagher Centre and the Prairie Oyster Bar and Grill down in t5he Industrial Building open each day throughout the event.

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