Fall is the time for many great events

We’re into September, fairs are in full swing, conferences and other events are picking up now the summer holidays are over. Several such events from the Agri Digest Online calendar are coming up in September. Check them out and take them in if you can.

Sept 15 – 18 in Calgary, Alberta – The Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference. ABIC was the subject of a blog on this site recently so check our archives at the bottom right on our home page, or visit http://www.abic.ca/abic2013/index

Sept 13 – 14 in Barriere BC – The British Columbia Farm Women’s Network holds their annual seminar and annual meeting, this year in the beautiful North Thompson Valley out of Kamloops. The fall colours will be on display as attendees tour the area from Barriere to Little Fort, visiting farms, ranches and agribusinesses along the way. On Day 2 a line-up of top speakers discuss issues affecting rural folk. At all times, the networking of rural women pays dividends in increased knowledge and mutual support for farm families.
Visit the BCFWN website at http://www.bcfwn.100mile.com or call/email Brenda Jones (250-672-9737, bjlouiscreek5@gmail.com) or Kim Fennell (250-320-7689.

Sept 13 – 14 in Edmonton and Sept 27 – 28 in Calgary, Alberta – Sewing and crafting are alive and well in rural Canada. Anyone who enjoys these activities will love the “Creative Stitches and Crafting Alive!” events, currently being held in Alberta. (Later, there will be similar events in British Columbia and elsewhere.)
In the 2013 edition, designer-teachers Ron Collins and Kathryn Brown will deliver hands-on classes feature classes while a mammoth trade show exhibits the latest in sewing, scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, needlework, fibre arts, beading and paper crafting. Educational seminars and free stage shows round out this once a year, all under one roof celebration of creativity!
Visit them ahead of time on the web: http://www.creativestitchesshow.com or on 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Stitches-Crafting-ALIVE/226540697490977

Sept 17 – 21 in Mitchell, Ontario – The International Plowing Match & Rural Expo celebrates 100 years of past, present and future techniques and equipment key to agricultural development in Perth County and beyond. Entertainments, over 500 vendors and exhibitors in the trade show area, agricultural, antique & historical displays, and machinery demonstrations back-up the plowing competitions central to the event – traditional horse plowing, sulky plowing and tractor plowing using the most up-to-date reversible plows.
“Come celebrate with us!” say the organizers of IPM 2013. Visit http://www.ipm2013.org or call 1.800.661.7569 to see what else is in store. Don’t miss it!

Sept 27 – 30 in Barriere, BC – The Provincial Winter Fair moves into its 75th year with its annual 4-H Livestock Show & Sale plus the annual Top Hand Ranch Horse Competition. The event began at the beginning of World War II when the military took over the Pacific National Exhibition grounds in Vancouver as a base and forced cancellation of the British Columbia Winter Fair for some years. The Annual Provincial Christmas Fat Stock Show & Sale, begun in 1939 at the Kamloops Stockyards, became the Provincial Winter Fair in 1961 and moved to the Mount Paul Center. This year, it moves to Barriere, just 30 minutes farther north where it continues to focus heavily on the 4-H element.
Visit http://www.provincialwinterfair.com for lots more details and a schedule.

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