The biennial Redvers and District Oil Showcase on May 8 and 9 drew large crowds and an abundance of exhibitors once again this year.
Between 1,300 and 1,400 people attended the event over the course of the two days. They had plenty to view, as there were 138 exhibitors, including 87 indoors at the Redvers Sports Arena, and another 51 outdoors.
"There was a lot of variety," committee member Leta Brisebois told Lifestyles. "There was a lot of different companies, lots of different of industries represented. So there was lots for everybody to come in and enjoy."
The larger equipment – such as trucks, batteries and tanks – was displayed outdoors. Brisebois noted that a couple of outdoor exhibitors had promotions to get people to try out their equipment, and to get input from potential customers.
Some of the indoor booths promoted their latest technological innovations for the oil sector. Others explained the services they can offer to a company in the patch.
The other featured attraction at the showcase was a supper on May 8 at Redvers' curling rink that attracted about 600 people. Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan was the guest speaker.
"He discussed the origins of the oilfield, and drilling mud, and how small towns such as ours are kind of the backbone of this booming industry that we're living in right now," said Brisebois.
Proceeds from the oil showcase will be directed to several different organizations in the Redvers area. Brisebois noted that in the last two years, more than $40,000 has been donated to sports, recreation and cultural causes.
The next showcase will be held in 2016, and Brisebois said the steering committee will meet in a few months to start planning for the event.