Youth and Agriculture in Action

Come on down for the CANpede! 

Youth & Agriculture in Action  is taking a fun and creative twist for 2018. We will be hosting a canned food art competition for youth teams (ages 9-25).  Teams will come down to Stampede Park on Thursday, July 5, 2018 to work their magic and create art from canned food!

Food is the end product of agricultural practices, so what better way to showcase part of the agri-food industry than through this fun and creative platform. The pieces of canned food art will be on display for the remainder of Stampede 2018 and then dontated to a local food bank.

Competition Guidelines:

  • Teams will be comprised of youth and do not have to be affiliated with a specific group or organization. All members of the teams must fall within the age range of 9-25 years old as of the day of the construction.  Team size is encouraged to be between 5 to10 members (teams will be capped at 10 youth members), along with 1-2 adult chaperones (if there are members below the age of 18). Team members under the age of 18 must have parental consent, via the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Exhibitor Agreement, to compete in the competition. This exhibitor agreement will be distributed upon team selection and needs to be returned with a parental signature prior to the start of competition.
  • The theme for the competition will be Agri-Food – which includes production, manufacturing, retail and healthy lifestyle. It is Agriculture + Food!
  • Selected teams will be reimbursed up to $500 to purchase the canned food to build their structures. If the group would like to source extra canned food that will be their responsibility. All food material used needs to be dried, canned or boxed items with the original labeling intact.
  • Framing or shelving material for support and safety of structures will need to be provided by the team. Wood, plastic or other materials can be utilized, but glass is NOT allowed.
  • The structure must be completed within the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. A space of 8 feet x 8 feet will be provided for each team. Teams will be required to bring their materials and food prior to the start of the build at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 or earlier in the week of Monday, July 2 to Wednesday, July 4 (to be pre-scheduled). If there is any framing as part of the structure this needs to be done prior to arrival on Park or prior to 10 a.m on Thursday, July 5, 2018.
  • Each team is encouraged to do a practice structure prior to the Building Day on Thursday, July 5, so they can work out any issues/problems prior to building the final structure.
  • Upon completion of the construction of the structures, the structures will be judged and an Overall Grand Champion and Reserve Champion will be named. Judging will be based on creativity, soundness of the structure, the complexity of the structure, and its connection to the theme of Agri-Food.
  • Prizes for Champion & Reserve are:
    • Grand Champion – Midway Fun Package
    • Reserve Champion – Evening Show VIP Experience
    • If applicable, redeemable dates of prizes will be pre-determined and will be shared by mid-June.
  • Each team’s structure will be on display for the 10 days of Stampede (July 6-15, 2018). At the conclusion of Stampede, the canned food structures  must be dissembled by each team on Monday, July 16. It will be up to the team whether they want to transport the food to their own local food bank, or leave the canned food for pick-up by the Calgary Food Bank.

Please complete the application form below to have an opportunity to take part in this exciting opportunity!

Applications are due May 15, 2018.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 5–16, 2018
Entry Closing Date: May 15, 2018
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre


For more information, please contact:

Kristin Dennett
Agriculture Programming Manager


Cheryl Hardy (Program Lead & 4-H on Parade 2nd Vice Chair), Jenn Price (4-H on Parade Chair), Andrea Hanson (1st Vice Chair 4-H on Parade Committee), Marguerite Stark, Bob Park (Director), Kristin Dennett (Agriculture Programming Manager)