Five days of fun starts at Westerner Days

  • Jul. 16, 2014 8:13 p.m.

The gates for Westerner Days opened today and thousands of Central Albertans were expected to take in the sights and sounds down at the grounds.

A parade kicked off the event this morning and the midway officially opened today at noon.

Westerner Days runs through to Sunday at Westerner Park.

Officials were out yesterday morning patrolling the QE II Hwy. in hopes of finding an honourary family via Arrest A Guest. An RCMP member and Westerner officials look for a vehicle with out of province plates and pull them over to ‘arrest’ them as the Westerner’s guest family. The family will receive overnight accommodations, get the chance to ride in the parade as well as get passes for Westerner Days, among other prizes.

A family had not been chosen at the time of press yesterday afternoon.

This year’s theme for Westerner Days is ‘This is My Westerner Days’. Attendees of the fair will be asked to share their Westerner Days experiences by posting their pictures online and using the hashtag #westernerdays and #mywesternerdays.

“To different people, Westerner Days means a lot of different things,” said Erin Gobolos, marketing manager for Westerner Park. “For the young family, Westerner Days may be about kiddie rides, the petting zoo, the family fun zone and ice cream; for the teenager crowd it may be about thrill rides, concerts, connecting with friends and sampling every food we have; and for the adult couple, Westerner Days may be about a date night at the pony chuckwagon races, the beer gardens or lounge and concerts.

“We have so much to see and do at Westerner Days. We want people to make it their own.”

A number of shows will run throughout each day of the fair including Spandy Andy, Bandaloni, Super Dogs Disco Dogs, Doo Doo the Clown, the Copper Cowboy, Dale K the hypnotist and the Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show and Dave Sharp who is a speed painter, among others.

Entertainment on the mainstage where a number of musical guests are set to perform include Brett Kissel and Tim Hicks on July 16th, Diamond Rio on July 17th, Harlequin and Honeymoon Suite on July 18th and The Sheepdogs on July 19th. In the Molson Canadian Ranch each day KnowleDJ, a DJ from Las Vegas will perform as well the Aussie Rules Dueling Pianos. Randi Boulton will also perform in the lounge on July 18th – 19th as well.

All of the concerts are free with gate admission.

A number of rides for kids, youth and adults will be found on the midway, with two new rides being added to the line up this year. And the popular pony chuckwagons also take place nightly at 6 p.m. with the finals getting started at 2 p.m. on July 20th.

Admission prices are $6 for seniors, $12 for adults, $10 for youth aged 13-17 and children five years and under get in free. Parking is $7.

Kid’s Day will take place July 17th where children 12 and under get free gated entry until 6 p.m. and Family Day on July 21st where a carload of up to six people will get into Westerner Days for $25, including parking. Kids aged 10 and under can ride all day for $12.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Yellow Vests protestors take to Red Deer streets

Trudeau government’s immigration and oil industry policies denounced at rally

Rebels lose to Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-1

Tigers break Rebels’ three-game winning streak

Red Deer’s newest outdoor ice facility opens to the public next week

The speed skating oval at Setters Place at Great Chief Park will be open Dec. 17th

Exhibition explores the rich history and culture of Métis people

The exhibition is on display from Dec. 15th to March 10th at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

2019 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championship host sites announced

A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

‘I practically begged’: B.C. woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Facebook reveals bug gave apps unauthorized access to 6.8 million users’ photos

It’s believed up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to Facebook Stories, private photos

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

New home for Calgary Flames estimated to cost up to $600 million

The city and the Flames are not yet talking on who will pay how much for a building to replace the Saddledome

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Most Read