The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is a non-profit, charitable organization with the purpose of showcasing agriculture and linking urban and rural through education and awareness while providing entertainment, community pride and economic enhancement of the region.
Rich in history, the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba was established in the agricultural community of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, in the year 1882. It’s mission, to showcase agriculture and link urban and rural through education and awareness while providing entertainment, community pride and economic enhancement to the region. This is achieved through our three annual fairs:
The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba plays a pivotal role in showcasing the importance of the agricultural industry in our region. Studies indicate that the organization has an economic impact of approximately $12 million dollars annually to the city of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.
The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is governed by a Board of Directors and the day-to-day operations are administered through a General Manager and 7 staff. During each fair additional part-time staff and hundreds of volunteers work together to produce each event.
We invite you to browse through the pages of our website to learn more about our organization and the events we produce. If you have questions please feel free to contact us. We’d be glad to hear from you!
Established in 1882, the Brandon Agricultural Society was formed shortly after the incorporation of the city and two years before the Chamber of Commerce. In October 1882, local businessmen put up $200 and called for entries for cattle, horses, pigs, poultry and grains. The Brandon Fair was the start of a long history of agricultural exhibitions in the City of Brandon.In March 1908, the Brandon Winter Fair was born. The purpose of this fair was primarily to promote the sale of livestock and to encourage improvement in the breeding lines and care of animals. Numerous educational opportunities were added to the fair as well as displays by government agencies, implement dealers and other manufacturers. In addition, there was now the opportunity to attend lectures and meetings of breed associations and other agricultural groups. But as before, it was the horse sales that attracted the most attention.In those early years, the Brandon Summer Fair and the Brandon Winter Fair ran independently. The summer show began on the corner of what is today 10th and Victoria Avenue and moved to its present location on the Keystone grounds in the late 1800’s. The Winter Fair began on the Keystone grounds and later moved to the Wheat City Arena location and remained there until the building of the Keystone Centre, which now hosts all three of the Provincial Exhibition annual events. In 1967 the amalgamation of the two fairs took place and the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba became an official organization. On July 12, 1970, the Brandon Winter Fair was granted Patronage by a visit from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and became the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.Manitoba Livestock Expo, the youngest of the three productions, made its first appearance in 1974 and at that time was known as Ag Ex. Its early beginnings started as a cattle show, and with the continued expansion of the building, grew to host a trade show as well as rodeo competitions. The 2016 Manitoba Ag Ex is going back to it’s roots and has formed a partnership to host the 2016 Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association Finals. The re-connection of this partnership is set to succeed with a wide variety of cattle producers, education and entertainment for the whole family.