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History

1884-1895

The organization was established in 1884 as the Assiniboia Agricultural Association. The organization's first fall fair brought together 150 community-minded individuals to exchange goods, information and experiences. The two-day event was held near today's Victoria Park and came just two years after the coming of the railway.

The fair remained local in nature until 1895, when the Dominion Government sponsored the Territorial Exhibition to stimulate interest in the Northwest Territories. The fair's location moved to its present Evraz Place site that year to accommodate exhibits and visitors.

1895-1950

The next fair was not held until 1899 under the new Regina Agricultural Association, and it became an annual event. In 1905, the fair was the centre of attention for the entire nation during celebrations surrounding the inauguration of the Province of Saskatchewan into Confederation. In 1907, the Saskatchewan Legislature formally passed the Associations Act of Incorporation, which meant the event could be expanded to exhibitors of various products and animals, and to provide entertainment and amusement.

The next 40 years saw the growth and construction of permanent facilities and ever-expanding volunteer participation. Midway rides and sideshows were added in the 1920s, as well as automobile racing, professional baseball and giant horse-pulling competitions. 

The biggest event was the two-week World’s Grain Exhibition and Conference in 1933, which showcased exhibits from more than 40 countries. The Grain Show Building opened that year as the centrepiece of the show, which drew 200,000 visitors.

1950-Present

The 1950s were a decade of development in which Exhibition Auditorium, Jubilee Building and paving of the midway were completed. In 1955, the exhibition's theme was celebration of the province's Golden Jubilee. Fair attendance exceeded 200,000 for the first time.

That same year, two-thirds of the Grain Show Building burned to the ground in a raging fire, leaving only the east wing standing.

With the 1960s came the adoption of the Buffalo Days theme. During the 1970s, the first annual Canadian Western Agribition was held (1971), as well as the Silver Broom (1973). The Agridome opened in 1977 and the Western Canada Farm Progress Show (now Canada's Farm Progress Show) was launched in 1978. In 1978 and 1982, the Buffalo Days Exhibition was named "Major Fair of the Year" by the Canadian Association of Exhibitions.

On Sunday, June 14, 2009, the last remaining wing of the historic Grain Show Building was destroyed in a fire.

The Future

Evraz Place continues to evolve and look to the future with two major projects underway.

International Trade Centre

Opening in 2017, the new International Trade Centre is a 150,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility connecting all buildings on the Evraz Place property into one of the largest and most flexible event complexes in North America for trade and consumer shows, agribusiness events, large meetings, catered functions and everything in between. 

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New Mosaic Stadium 

Opening in 2017, Mosaic Stadium will be the new home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The facility will host many other community sports organizations, concerts and other events. The iconic stadium is one of the most recognizable buildings in Regina, the province and the entire Canadian Football League. The stadium’s premium lounge spaces are available for business meetings, weddings and other catered events.

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