The Impact Agricultural Societies have on Towns and Cities.

Agricultural Societies are the lifeblood of communities across Alberta. They’re the focal point of many Alberta communities with numerous Agricultural Societies featuring state-of-the-art facilities such as rodeo and fairgrounds, display buildings as well as grandstands and concert bowls. Agricultural Societies such as the Camrose Regional Exhibition (CRE) are the center of so much social activity, and really have been at the heart of Alberta’s towns and cities since Alberta became a province in 1905.

Economic Boosters for Towns and Cities.

Something that many people may not realize is just how big an impact Agricultural Societies have on local economies. Agricultural Societies are also strong economic drivers in terms of the events they hold, and the people they attract to their towns and cities. Visitors to events at Agricultural Societies spend millions of dollars annually to support local restaurants, hotels, and stores contributing to the local economies, and helping boost local employment. These events also benefit local tourism as delegates and visitors often look for interesting sites to visit while they are at their event.

A Source of Pride for Rural Communities.

Agricultural Societies and the events they host are also pride points for many communities. The Annual Bull Congress at the CRE is an excellent example. The Bull Congress is now famous across Canada and draws visitors and vendors from well beyond the borders of Camrose. Going into its 36th Annual Year at the CRE, the Canadian Bull Congress has literally injected millions of dollars into the local economy, but more than that – its a tremendous source of pride for the Community of Camrose as well as the CRE.  The Annual Canadian Bull Congress is just one of many events hosted by the CRE throughout the year. Whether it’s the tens of thousands of country music lovers who gather every August long weekend for Big Valley Jamboree, or the hundreds who flock to the Annual Acreage and Garden Show every spring, the events held at the CRE are important to the fabric of the community.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same. Thankfully.

The CRE originally began in September 1908, just 3 years after Alberta officially became a province. The CRE’s original objectives focused on encouraging improvement in agriculture, horticulture, and homemaking, resulting in an improved quality of life for members of the agricultural community. Much has changed in over one hundred years, however the commitment to the community for the CRE and many Agricultural Societies just like us, has remained the same. That’s one of the best attributes about an Agricultural Society – it reminds everyone of all that is good from our past – while focusing on the future and new generations who will bring innovation but still respect the values Agricultural Societies have brought to their communities.


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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