Edmonton’s top two western events were a resounding success

EDMONTON, AB – Northlands was pleased to host the 42nd annual Canadian Finals Rodeo and Farmfair International from November 11-15 at Rexall Place and at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. Two of Edmonton’s largest annual events spurred western excitement throughout the Northlands grounds and the entire city of Edmonton, with a combined attendance of 183, 564

“For 42 years, Edmontonians and our visitors have rallied behind Farmfair International and the Canadian Finals Rodeo,” said Tim Reid, President & CEO, Northlands. “The resounding success of this year’s Farmfair International is a testament to the strength of Alberta’s agriculture industry.”

The 42nd edition of Farmfair International drew a record 94,387 guests to the Edmonton EXPO Centre to take in cattle shows and sales, equine events, the Heritage Ranch Rodeo, RAM Country Marketplace and more. This year’s event featured a 33 per cent increase in beef exhibitor entries over 2014. Farmfair International brought international buyers from 20 countries together to conduct business, trade industry knowledge and to purchase top-quality genetics from Alberta producers. With more than 1,000 head of livestock exhibited including more than 950 head of purebred cattle, the 2015 edition of Farmfair International was one of the biggest yet.

From humble beginnings in 1974, the first edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo drew 24,000 guests to the Edmonton Gardens. In its 42nd year, 89,177 guests came to Rexall Place to take in six action-packed performances over five days. As the largest indoor rodeo in Canada, 109 competitors chased the dream for championship buckles and their share of more than 1.5 million dollars in prize money. This year’s TD CFR Concert Series brought live performances by Chad Brownlee, Terri Clark, the Road Hammers and Dallas Smith to the Edmonton EXPO Centre to entertain concert goers after every nightly CFR performance.

Next year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo and Farmfair International will run from November 9-13 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre and Rexall Place.