STRONG ATTENDANCE - Attendance to this year’s Westerner Days has been strong so far. There is still lots of action-packed family fun to come in the last two days of the fair. Carlie Connolly/Red Deer Express

Attendance holds strong on day three of Westerner Days

Still lots of action-packed fun in the last two days of the fair

Day three of Red Deer’s Westerner Days saw 19,054 guests come through our gates of Westerner Park to take in the sights, smells, and thrills of our annual Fair.

Tom Cochrane with Red Rider took over the ENMAX Centrium main stage show last night to put on an energy infused performance for over 4,600 fans.

With a special guest appearance by Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, the night was one many fans will not soon forget.

Cochrane’s opening acts were Jamie Woodfin, a local musician from Ponoka, and Ken Stead of Edmonton. A highlight of the show was a tribute for Kenny Shields, classic rock icon from the band Streetheart, who passed away yesterday at the age of 69.

Tonight Coleman Hell takes the stage with opening act Jocelyn Alice. Fans can pick up their reserved floor seats beginning at 4 p.m. at the Tickets Alberta Box Office; these seats are free with gate admission.

Fair-goers were in high spirits as they took in the many attractions, including the Canine Stars Dog Stunt Show. From Frisbee tricks to dock diving, spectators were amazed at the agility and power of the furry four-legged stars and their trainers. Ethan Wilhelm, founder of the show, told the audience that almost all of the dogs in the show were rescues and he encouraged people to adopt their next companion. Patrons can still catch the Canine Stars Dog Stunt Show at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

On the race track, Louie Johner narrowly took home first place for the third night in a row in the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships. Behind him for overall standings after three nights are Lee Adamson, John Stott, and Garry Theil.

Those attending the Fair on Saturday should be on the lookout for the 90’s Crew. Post a video or photo of them using #WP90STOUR and be entered to win two tickets to I Love the 90’s Tour.

Sunday is Servus Credit Union Family Day at Westerner Days. A great way to finish off the week, families can receive admission and parking for a carload of up to six people for $32. Kids 10 and under can ride all day for $12.

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– Fawcett

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