It happened in 1926!
That’s when the Hanna, Alberta, Kiwanis Club in conjunction with the Hanna Agricultural Society, sponsored the Kiwanis Field Crops Competition.
According to the April 1926 issue of The Kiwanis Magazine, the event stimulated interest in agricultural methods; a desire to give the newer systems as fair trial; a fuller realization of the importance of registered seed; and above all, a better spirit between the townsman and the farmer.
A little more than a year before the story was published in the April 1926 issue of The Kiwanis Magazine, it was suggested to the club that it would be a good idea from an agricultural viewpoint to have a number of experimental 10-acre plots put in by various farmers throughout the county. These farmers would be encouraged to cultivate along certain lines which appeared to be most practical.
Each farmer desiring to enter the competition was required to answer such questions as the location of land; type and condition of soil; kind of seed; full particulars regarding the methods of cultivation and dates when such work was done. The Kiwanis club offered four prizes of CDN$25 each in gold to the best four 10-acre plots in the territory.
With the close of the competition, the winners were invited to attend a meeting of the club, when the prizes were officially presented.