Purpose: To preserve and celebrate our western heritage, cultures and community spirit.
Our Vision: To create a world-class year-round gathering place for the community
Agriculture Vision: Create meaningful year-round experiences for urban and rural audiences on Stampede Park by producing/hosting signature programs that feature animals, showcases, and western events.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The Agriculture component has been a backbone of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede since its formation in 1886 as the Calgary Agricultural Society.
The mandates of the Agriculture Department are:
to educate and inform the public about the industry,
to offer livestock producers the opportunity to show case their animals and industry, and
to develop programs that encourage the participation of the agricultural youth of Alberta and Western Canada.
The Calgary Stampede Agriculture Department showcases Agriculture all year long, presenting over 45 international stock show events and presentations during the 10-day Calgary Stampede, attracting approximately 39% of the total Stampede visitors, along with several year round events.
Of the 48 committees within the Calgary Stampede, 22 committees drive the Agriculture programming. With this large base it is evident that Stampede Agriculture continues to reflect the strong commitment it has to the rural community and the important role Agriculture represents to the economy of Alberta.