OTD: First World’s Grain Exhibition and Conference opens in Regina

On today’s date in 1933, the first World’s Grain Exhibition and Conference opened in Regina, Sask., where 50 acres were set aside for a tent city accommodating 3,000 visitors.

That year, a commemorative medal with a 32-mm diameter was struck to mark the massive exhibition and conference.

Held July 24-Aug. 5, the event saw dozens of displays – nearly three kilometers in total – on agriculture, science and world events. The academic presentations included issues relevant to the 1930s, including trends in the wheat market and causes of agricultural decline. It was regarded as an important public event during the Great Depression, attracting almost 215,000 visitors.

More than $200,000 in prize money was announced for the show’s grain competitions, with organizers claiming it was the “greatest cash prize list ever offered.” The event’s organizers also planned for a mammoth exhibition building spanning 160,000 square feet and costing more than $240,000.

To promote the event, organizers released 800,000 prize lists in addition to 25,000 posters, 75,000 booklets, and many other advertising items. By 1930, participation in the show was confirmed from many countries around the world, including the U.S.; U.K.; Peru; Guatemala; New Zealand; Belgium; Italy; Netherlands; Poland; Yugoslavia; Czechoslovakia; Siam; Chile; the Philippine Islands; South Africa; France; Switzerland; Australia; and several provinces of India.

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