Lloydminster's first fair was held in October of 1904. Following this event, the community recognized that there would be a benefit in forming an Agricultural Society. This Society was then registered in Saskatchewan in 1906. A second Agricultural Society was incorporated in Alberta on April 3, 1908. On February 28, 1921, both societies amalgamated into one. This united society has grown and evolved into the Exhibition Association it is today.
Today we are able to provide a host of modern facilities and events giving all sectors opportunities to showcase their goods, services, and innovations with agricultural partners, colleagues and the general public. In 2005, the Lloydminster Exhibition Association received significant financial contribution from the Alberta Lottery Fund to further develop and improve on our facilities. Projects such as the construction of a new state-of-the-art catering facility has allowed our Association to host larger groups and transform our catering department into a top notch facility.
The Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association is dedicated in continuing to foster and develop the tourism industry of our community. The events which are held at our facilities, whether they be agricultural, business, conventions, socials, shows or sales, attract international, national, provincial, regional and local participants. This translates into over 200,000 visits annually to the Lloydminster Exhibition’s complex and to the City of Lloydminster. We take great pride in making all those who attend functions and activities at our grounds feel a warm Lloydminster welcome.
The Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association has been in existence since 1904. We have seen many changes to our organization as well as the City of Lloydminster. One thing that has not changed is our dedication to continued growth of our whole community. Agricultural Development and Education is our highest priority. Through our programs and facilities, we are also dedicated to providing support to the business, social and cultural sectors of our region. Our Association is primarily operated by a strong base of at least 400 volunteers, complemented by 25 dedicated full time employees and upwards of 180 casual part-time employees. We are proud to host over 900 activity days with 200,000 visitors annually.