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Med. Hat Pen Show will rebound after 2016 cancellation

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From 2015, the last pen show. From 2015, the last pen show. File photo

After the cancellation of last year's annual beef pen show, the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede is gearing up to host its 20th event Dec. 15-16 with a strong showing for pen show entries and trade show vendors.


Last year's pen show, which would have been their twentieth, was cancelled due to TB being detected in several southern Alberta cattle.
Cancelling last year's pen show was the right thing to do explained one of this year’s organizers.
"The people thanked us for cancelling last year," said MHE&S president, Brian Schneider. "But, we could not take any chances with the high-powered cattle we had."
The people are returning to the event in great numbers, with breeders coming from across western Canada and possibly Montana for this year's event.
"We are ahead of where we were last year when we had to cancel," he said. "The entries started out slow, but have (recently) picked up a lot towards the end."
In fact, support has increased steadily over the past two decades. Twenty-one years ago, in 1996, Schneider and Brian Palichuk both sat on the livestock committee and ran a livestock show in the summer months. It was then that the idea for a winter pen show came to be.
"It was Brian who came up with the idea to start a pen show for in the winter," said Schneider. "We started small in the pavilion. The field house was just being built at the time."
The annual pen show started small, but has since grown to include a trade show, 4-H grooming, and a steak fry, prepared by the breeders.
The pen show will feature breeders showcasing their commercial and  purebred cattle, 4-H grooming, and a steer jackpot. Livestock entries are eligible to win a one-year lease of an EBY Maverick stock trailer.
It will be strength in numbers at the Cowboy Christmas Trade Show as well, with vendors selling everything from jewelry and baked goods to candles, saddles, western tack, leather gloves, wooden toys, and more.
"The numbers are really strong for our trade show," said Schneider.
The 20th annual Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Beef Pen Show and Cowboy Christmas Trade Show takes place at the Cypress Centre in Medicine Hat on Dec. 15, starting at 4 p.m.   The steak sampling takes place on Fri. Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.
A free pancake breakfast takes place from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday morning with the events to run until 5 p.m.
For more information, go to www.mhstampede.com.

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