Airdrie is home to a number of activities that celebrate its rich agricultural heritage.
Airdrie and District Agricultural Society
Founded in 1909, the Airdrie and District Agricultural Society (ADAS) is a family friendly organization dedicated to promoting agriculture as well as a healthy relationship between rural and urban communities.
A dynamic non-profit organization with a diverse membership base, ADAS has a history of successful community contributions, promoting education, business, sport and family fun in Airdrie and area.
In addition to spearheading and supporting a variety of community projects, ADAS organizes and hosts a number of popular events that connect Airdrie’s strong rural roots with the thriving urban centre it has now become. Highlights include a ranch-hand competition in July that showcases life on a working ranch; a fall fair in August; an old-time harvest in September which also features a farm safety demonstration; as well as a spring seeding demo in May.
Airdrie Pro Rodeo
One of the largest 10 rodeos in Canada and the longest-standing athletic event in Airdrie, the Airdrie Pro Rodeo brings spectators at the edge of their seats. The five-day event attracts more than 10,000 visitors, volunteers and participants each year. Organized by the Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association, a volunteer group of passionate community members, the event offers fans the opportunity to see world-class athletes in an intimate and light-hearted atmosphere.
The rodeo’s roots date back to July 1, 1967, when the Airdrie Lions Club organized a gymkhana and parade in celebration of Canada’s 100th birthday. In fact, the first Canada Day parade was also part of the celebration in 1967 and was organized by the rodeo committee for many years.
Today, the event includes a pro rodeo (with bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing) and junior rodeo (with mutton busting, sheep scramble, calf scramble, wild horse riding, peewee barrel racing and junior barrel racing). Also offered are children’s activities, food trucks, beer gardens, evening entertainment and camping. (Note there are no dogs allowed on grounds.)
A short drive from Airdrie at the rodeo grounds 6.5 kilometres west on Highway 567, the rodeo takes place June 28 to July 2 in 2018.
Art of the Harvest
The Airdrie and District Agricultural Society is proud to host this event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 (in 2018) welcoming visitors to discover the Art of the Harvest. Horse teams and vintage equipment are used to harvest the grain planted during the organization’s old-time spring seeding event in May. This informational event, which also includes a farm safety demonstration with interactive displays and much more, takes place at Airdrie Ag Park on Big Hill Springs Road (Highway 567) just three kilometres west of Airdrie, offers something for the very small to the very tall, and for the city dweller to those with rural roots. Note: this event is weather dependent; be sure to check for updates online.
Bikes & Bulls Charity Event
The Airdrie Oilmen’s Association hosts this fun annual fundraiser in support of the Airdrie community. The unique event, held July 27-29 in 2018 at Airdrie Air Park, brings together motorcycle enthusiasts and bull riding fans. Enjoy a show and shine, motorcycle rally and live music.