Ag in Motion is the largest agricultural trade show in Western Canada with over 30,000 visitors and 550 exhibitors (2019). The trade show takes place every year just 30 minutes North West of Saskatoon on Highway 16 and attracts visitors from BC to Manitoba.
Before it all began, Ag in Motion contacted Stadium Power to provide power systems for their new outdoor farm show. They invited us to visit a similar event and trade show in Ontario called “Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show”. This allowed us the opportunity to review their electrical systems to better understand Ag in Motion’s electrical requirements. Stadium Power then developed a plan to provide power systems and electrical equipment to meet the needs Ag in Motion’s annual farm show.
The initial challenge was to not only estimate, but also to source necessary temporary power equipment. Each year we are provided a budget for building power systems, renting electrical equipment as needed from available sources.
This list of equipment includes generators by size, all of the necessary receptacles, cabling of proper length to reach receptacles and panels and transformers to provide the power necessary to show equipment.
Stadium Power also collects electrical order forms and works with special events coordinators to make sure invoicing and budget guidelines are met.
We have worked with Ag in Motion to create and build both permanent and temporary power systems that work within the footprint of the show site, while allowing for future growth. These systems allow for ease of install for future needs efficiently, and flexibility to meet annual budget constraints. These systems also provide Ag in Motion with the resources to access all of the equipment necessary to run the show annually.
Our mission at SaskTel Centre is to follow the maintenance program provided to us, so that the building electrical systems are running smoothly and efficiently to meet the needs of facility clients. We also monitor their electrical inventory while preparing for maintenance scheduling, in order to ensure the proper materials and a safe working environment.
As electrical contractors, we also provide professional electrical advice on building renovations and capital projects. Electrical projects, whether new or retrofit, means ensuring that newer equipment and technologies work with existing building systems. We also budget for system capacity, follow mounting guidelines and monitor equipment status.
Stadium Power’s electricians set up the electrical equipment needed to meet the temporary power requirements of SaskTel Centre and its clients. We understand the current trends for concert and festival shows. When building and maintaining the electrical equipment and systems, we work within the Canadian Electrical Code, to provide safe and reliable electrical service for SaskTel and their clients.
Our experienced electricians have installed the security camera system, cellular antenna, wifi antenna system as well as required upgrades to SaskTel Centre. We have moved and upgraded the fire alarm system to meet the requirements of new engineered drawings, developed new parking lot lighting systems and kept the facility up-to-date with new lighting products. We have also provided power and communication systems for messaging and scoreclock systems among many other parts of facility infrastructure.
Taste of Saskatchewan is one of Saskatoon’s and Saskatchewan’s largest annual attended festivals, attracting over 100,000 visitors each year during its six-day run. Over 30 local restaurants, each with unique power needs, set up in Kiwanis Park on the riverbank of the South Saskatchewan River and prepare and serve their signature dishes.
Using his experience gained from running temporary power at Taste of Manitoba and Taste of Calgary, Scott MacDonald worked with SaskTel Centre to create Saskatoon’s food festival and designed a system to deliver power safely and to code for Taste of Saskatchewan. The challenges involved were identifying, and then creating, necessary inventory to develop a system that would be economical and safe at the original festival location in Meewasin Park, and then later a similar system when the festival site was moved to Kiwanis Park.
The time frame to install power systems at the festival site is very short. From the time that access to the park is granted until Taste of Saskatchewan opens to the public, is just a matter of days. Ensuring every restaurant has the necessary power, the entertainment stage power for lighting and sound is installed and that power is available for other displays at the site, can be difficult to accomplish in this tight time frame. Once set-up has been completed, we have staff on standby, basically monitoring everything: checking the generators and being available if any issues arise. When the festival has ended, Stadium Power staff immediately begins tearing out the temporary power infrastructure so that the park is available to the public.