History of Queen City Ex
From the Early Days to Today
1883 – Regina’s First Fair
The first fair in Regina’s history was organized in 1883 in downtown Regina by the Assiniboia Agricultural Society. People from all around the area gathered in what is now Victoria Park to show off and shop for livestock, seeds, vegetables, crafts and manufactured goods.
1895 – The Territorial Exhibition
The event continued to grow year after year until it officially became the Territorial Exhibition in 1895, which was promoted as “An Agricultural Extravaganza” with livestock competitions, bands, the Red River jig competitions, horse races, the North-West Mounted Police Musical Ride, bronco busting, trap shooting, soccer and tennis tournaments, and an auction.
Recognizing the importance of continued growth of the event, the Dominion Government contributed $25,000 with an additional $10,000 contributed by both the Territorial Government and Town Council to provide a permanent space. With these donations, the Assiniboia Agricultural Society purchased 50 acres of land for a dedicated exhibition site to bring more events to the area.
1907 – Creation of the Regina Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition Association
On April 3, 1907, the newly created Government of Saskatchewan incorporated the Regina Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition Association Limited as a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, which has now become the present-day Regina Exhibition Association Limited that operates Evraz Place.
1914 – World War I
When World War 1 broke out in 1914, the exhibition site was temporarily used by the Canadian government to house troops and serve as a training base.
1967 – Canada’s Centennial and Establishment of Buffalo Days
In 1967, Canada was to celebrate its 100th birthday. The City of Regina established the Centennial Committee to develop special programs and projects to celebrate the milestone. They decided to create a city-wide summer celebration, ending with a summer fair. In honour of Saskatchewan pioneers, the celebration was named Buffalo Days, which it was known as for 42 years until it was re-named Queen City Ex in 2009.
Queen City Ex continues to be an annual event and highlight of the summer for many. Nightly concerts, top-notch entertainment, scrumptous food, exhibits and the midway continue to entertain the young and the young at heart.