The Weyburn Exhibition grounds are a buzz with activity as hundreds of exhibitors set up for the biennial Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show.
Exhibitors partake in the golf tournament today and the steak and lobster dinner tonight. The show takes place Wednesday and Thursday with the majority of events taking place Wednesday, including all the awards and inductions into the hall of fame.
Oil Show Chairman Del Mondor said despite the slow down in the oilpatch, the show is sold out and believes this could be a record year for attendance.
"One of things that we've had in the past is people have been so busy, working...with the equipment out in the field and all that, that they just didn't get a chance to get to our show. We think this year that maybe they'll be able to free up some time and come down."
Wednesday's luncheon features guest speaker Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy, the announcement of the Oilman of the Year and inductions into the Oil and Gas Hall of Fame. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees have already been chosen by the Saskatchewan Oil Show Board of Governors and are William (Bill) McCaffrey, President and CEO of MEG Energy Corp., Bonnie D. DuPont, M.Ed., ICD.D, Corporate Director, Jim Bertram, CEO of Keyera Energy.
The opening ceremonies for the show take place Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. and feature guest speakers former Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz and Mayor Debra Button. The Southeast Saskatchewan Oilman of the Year Awards will also take place. Two Southeast Saskatchewan Oilmen of the Year have been chosen by the Weyburn Oil Show Board and the 2015 recipients are Terry Gunderman of Red Hawk Well Servicing Inc. and Dempsey Laird of Dempsey Laird Trucking Ltd.
Events wrap up Thursday with the Barnstorming Breakfast and industry luncheon featuring guest speaker John Gormley, author and radio show host.
Tickets for events can still be purchased by contacting Oil Show Administrator Tanya Hulbert at 306-842-3232. The schedule of events is available on the oil show website.
The 2015 Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show is free to view at the Weyburn Exhibition grounds. The show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.