Who We Are ... What We Do
The Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede finds it's roots in the city beginning in 1887. The first Exhibition was held in 1887 and it consisted of livestock exhibits which were displayed at the CPR stockyards and other exhibits such as poultry, grains, garden vegetables and preserves shown in a place called Government Hall. The purpose of this first exhibition was to bring urban and rural people together which, ironically, now, is included in our mission statement developed in 2004. In 1917 the annual event was know for the first time as ‘Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede’ with ‘Turn ‘er Loose" as the slogan, on July 10th – 13th and with the city population of 10,000, ‘Turn ‘er Loose" hosted a paid attendance of 29,000 people!
Today the operation is under the direction of 12 Board of Directors and roughly 120 Shareholders and an annual operating budget of over $2 million dollars most of which stays in the local economy of Medicine Hat.
A Tradition since 1887... A legacy for the future
Volunteerism, Community Involvement, Urban-Rural ties, Western Heritage, Human Resources, Fiscal Responsibility
Through volunteerism, dedicated staff & responsible management, the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede will promote and develop urban-rural ties in South Eastern Alberta by promoting a unique brand of community events and services while recognizing our western heritage.