by Victoria Rae
The Brandon Exhibition was established in 1882 to support agricultural development in the prairies. Since then, it has bolstered the agricultural industry through animal sales, educational sessions, and entertainment, offering the community a place to gather, learn, and be amazed. The summer fair became so popular that a winter fair was eventually created. Queen Elizabeth II even took part in 1970, and since then, it’s been known as the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Thousands of people continue to come to the fairs each year. Today, the Manitoba Summer Fair takes place in June, while the Winter Fair is held in the spring.
As the above advertisement for the 1934 Brandon Exhibition noted, the event featured activities to appeal to the whole family, including harness races, a children’s day, and a chance to “see and hear television.”
Animals have always been an important part of the Brandon Exhibition. Many people bring in livestock for contests, while others purchase animals or learn about their proper care through seminars.
Rides and other activities have been key to attracting young and old to the Brandon Exhibition, which in turn help promote the fair’s agricultural elements.