The Big One is coming this August long weekend – Keep the CRE alive

Camrose, AB – Every August long weekend the CRE welcomes back the amazing community of BVJ who supports the Agriculture Society and their activities by participating in their largest fundraiser, the BVJ 50/50.  

Unfortunately, with BVJ not being able to run in 2020 and 2021, the CRE, like many Agriculture Societies across Alberta, are in danger of not having the funds to reopen and continue running our many charitable programs. Which is why CRE decided even though BVJ is not running in 2021, they had to move forward with their biggest fundraiser of the year, the 50/50 draw.

“CRE named this year’s 50/50 draw “The Big One” because every dollar raised is BIG to us” says CRE President, Brent Byers. “We’re truly hoping that anyone across the province who has visited our facilities, attended an event or understands the importance of the CRE will help us.  Tickets start at just $5 and we’re truly appreciative of any support we can get as every dollar goes back into our programs and facilities.”

“I don’t think people fully understand the importance of these societies, their venues and their programs to keeping rural Alberta alive” said CRE Executive Director, Dianne Kohler.  “Our venues and programming are meant to serve our communities and drive economic sustainability which is why we were asked to build them decades ago.  Rural communities count on their agriculture societies to be the gathering place in good times and bad while also continuing the important work of educating on Agriculture. The loss of even one society and all that they organize/host can have a devastating impact on that community and surrounding region. For example, the loss of BVJ for one year has a $20+ Million-dollar impact on the local Camrose economy and some small businesses that had been ordered shut during the 1st shut down, never reopened when they heard the news about BVJ 2020 not running.”

Agriculture Societies are the heart of rural Alberta and rural communities.  They not only act as host to community gatherings but many also act as Disaster Response Centres in their municipalities.  The shut down and the inability to host events has put all Agricultural Societies at risk including the Camrose Regional Exhibition.  Some have fallen already and more will not reopen with another hit against rural infrastructure and rural community development.

Even though the CRE had a complete collapse of its revenue streams, we increased our free community programs such as hosting drive in movies, online zoom dance parties for children, giving away garden plots, launching our youth Leadership program and recording Rural focused podcasts as we knew the community needed us to step up with original programming so they could safely come together.

The funds needed to restart the organization and continue with the important programs developed during the shutdown are critical to CRE’s survival and ability to continue offering innovation in our programming.  Every dollar is BIG to CRE!

Contact & Interview Requests:

Dianne Kohler, Executive Director
Phone: 780-672-3640
EMAIL: dkohler@cre.ab.ca

Brent Byers, President of the Board
Phone: 780-608-6264
EMAIL: president@cre.ab.ca

Training Events

Need a big space to train on new equipment?  The CRE arena has hosted many large equipment training events that allow attendees to get up close and personal with the equipment without worrying about the weather.  We also host many training events in our meeting rooms which can be configured to the size you require and set up needed.

 

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Banquets and Celebrations

Whatever your IT, CRE is ready to host it.  Celebrations and banquets from 25 to 25,000 are welcome at CRE thanks to our experienced staff and fantastic suppliers who pull all the details together so you can focus on celebrating.

 

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Meetings

No matter the size, no matter the set up, CRE has the experience and the staff expertise in house to make your next meeting a success.  From training seminars, to strategy sessions to lunch meetings, CRE has hosted hundreds of meetings in all shapes and sizes with many happy clients. All meeting rooms come with independent Audio/Visual hookups to allow whatever configuration you require.  Thanks to CRE’s unique location on Highway 13 in East Central Alberta, our location and free parking allows attendees from all over to make their way with ease to your next meeting.

 

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Festivals

Every year for the past 27 years, CRE is home to the award winning Big Valley Jamboree that hosts over 20,000 guests. Looking for concert, camping and retail space all ready for your festival with an experienced staff, look no further than CRE.

 

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Consumer Trade Shows

Camrose is home to over 18,000 residents with another 9.000 in the County.  Our catchement area includes over 150,000 people eager to attend unique events with interesting goods and services.

 

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Association Shows and Conferences

Industry Conference – CRE has the unique location for your next Industry Conference.  Only 35 minutes away from the Edmonton International Airport and a thriving business community, we make it easy for your conference success. The unique combinations or indoor and outdoor space available to conference planners will inspire you to create a unique, memorable experience for your attendees.  We have a 40,000 square foot arena to host your tradeshow, three meeting rooms of various sizes and unique outdoor spaces, including a Saloon complete with lighting and audio visual hook-ups.

 

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Agriculture Experience

Livestock Show and Sales – CRE has a proud heritage as an Agricultural Society with our first events being Livestock Shows and Sales.  It is a tradition that continues on today due to our unique location on Highway 13 and facilities that are designed to host Agriculture.  We welcome many livestock shows and sales or various types and would love to host yours as well.

4-H Events – Our commitment to supporting 4-H events is long standing whether it be a 4-H mini show or board meeting.  4-H groups using the CRE automatically qualify for a 50% discount on all facility rentals so contact us today to book your next group event.

Conferences – Agriculture conferences and training are always welcome at CRE.  With our unique location on Highway 13 and our Battle River Trading District catchment area, we can attract attendees from anywhere in East Central Alberta including Saskatchewan.  Agriculture is strong in our area and we would love to work with you to develop your next Agriculture focused conference.

 

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Catering

CRE Catering services, a division of the Camrose Regional Exhibition, serves meals with a service that is second to none.

We have a variety of menu suggestions to choose from. Let us help you make your event a success!

  • Breakfasts
  • Luncheons
  • Classic Buffets
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Desserts
  • Beverage Services

Please contact us for rates & available dates for booking.

Catering Menu, click here to view more information.

Telephone: 780-672-3640

Email: cre@cre.ab.ca

 

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Rentals

Book one of our many facilities from classrooms to banquet rooms, tradeshow areas, livestock barns or concert areas.

CRE staff is also available to assist your event setup delivery/pickup/set up! Please contact us for rates & available dates for booking.

Facility Rentals

  • Classrooms
  • Banquet Rooms
  • Trade Show Areas
  • Livestock Barns
  • Concert Area
  • Decor and equipment rentals

 

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Event Production & Coordination

The Camrose Regional Exhibition events team knows how to produce a large variety of major events and we are available to help you produce yours. Why go it alone when you have a team of experts waiting to lend a helping hand?

Please Contact Us to discuss how we can help you plan your event at the CRE!

 

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Weddings

With your wedding soon approaching, you will be heading into a very busy time in your life. We would like to offer our services to assist your with suggestions for menus, music, photographers, flowers, wedding cakes and any arrangements that will take some of the stress out of planning the most exciting day of your life.

The Camrose Regional Exhibition along with CRE Catering Services would be pleased to offer the following should you book your wedding with us:

  • Room set up and clean up
  • Full meal and beverage services
  • 30 ft. of decorative draping and 3 table skirts per room
  • 10 Decorative silk trees
  • White, Black or Ivory linen tablecloths
  • White, Black or Ivory linen napkins for the head table staging

It would be our pleasure to arrange a convenient time to meet with you to discuss your plans in detail. Please do not hesitate to contact:

 

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