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Northlands Park - Memories Worth Keeping
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Rossdale fair groundsNorthlands Park has made many trade and industry contributions that began exclusively in local agriculture and ultimately branched off into diverse sectors. From farming to midway shows, its economic influence has been a significant aspect of the organization’s history in Alberta. By staying connected to the economic world, Northlands has maintained its relevance.

Home and Garden ShowThe Edmonton Agricultural Society’s (EAS) historical beginnings forged partnerships and facilitated the sharing of information necessary for Alberta’s ranchers and farmers to stay competitive. Additionally, it also boosted the industry's visibility and importance.

The organization’s economic role in agriculture was predominantly in Racingcreating opportunities where expertise could be shared and the best of livestock bought and sold. In addition, traditional Northlands activities such as horseracing have also benefited the agricultural sector by creating a sustained need for horse breeders, livestock keepers, and animal food producers in Alberta.

Trade and commerce have figured prominently in Northlands Park’s economic influence. With the construction of the Manufacturers Building, and later the Sportex, Coliseum, and AgriCom, local and regional capacity for sharing industry standards and new products rose sharply. This in turn stimulated international attention, garnering a broader range of opportunities for Northlands Park and its many private sector patrons. The sophisticated evolution from regional trade fairs to national and international activities has strengthened links between business circles through events like the Great Trade Show and Cultural Exhibition of China.

Disney on IceEconomic effects have also stemmed from Northlands Park’s involvement in entertainment. Events such as hockey games, Klondike Days, and concert bookings have served to promote the city as a vital business destination. Creating an attractive backdrop for consumer attractions, the organization has fostered business growth.

The impact of this has spilled out into the realm of tourism. As a publicly listed tourist site, the Northlands Park exhibition grounds draw large numbers to the city and region. Events such as the Canadian Finals Rodeo and Klondike Days, draw out-of-town guests who require hospitality services that benefit the city at large.

A profound impact that Northlands Park proudly continues to make is its employment of about 1,400 individuals from Edmonton and surrounding areas. It is one of the city’s largest employers.

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