The Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Show opened up this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony (or, more accurately, a chain-cutting ceremony) in front of Crescent Point Place.
Weyburn's Mayor, Marcel Roy, was there to do the honours.
"It's very exciting. This is the 19th show, and it's really good to see so many exhibitors back here again," he commented. "So the city gives a lot of support, because oil and agriculture, that's what Weyburn is based on, and that's where we're going to keep pushing forward, and we're hoping to bring more manufacturing in but for now it's oil and agriculture."
Oil Show board chair Dan Cugnet said Saskatchewan's oil and gas industry has a global impact.
"We're thrilled to have everybody on the grounds," said Cugnet. "We've got a great lineup of speakers and dignitaries, and of course our exhibitors showcasing our world class industry here in Saskatchewan. We've got a drilling rig, we've got a service rig, pumpjacks, heavy equipment, all the technology. A lot of our indoor booths, some of that stuff is incredible and the big stuff is always what gets noticed. But there's things that are in here that are having a global impact, and I think that that's an important part of this sector and industry, and this show."
"It's a terrific place to learn. Whether you're in the industry, or outside of it, right, it's always changing. It's always new, and of course, we're, as a sector, continually trying to improve, and I think we see that displayed here at this show," he noted.
"Technology, software, innovation, ingenuity, you know there's a lot of things that are developed and happening here in Southeast Saskatchewan and go global, and whether that's to increase production increase returns for companies, create better environmental practices, a lot of these things are developed here at home and then go abroad, so we're pretty proud to showcase that and to have our exhibitors here that are leading the charge on a lot of these fronts."
Today's exhibits go until 5:00 p.m. then tomorrow the gates are open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.