Sunday, July 21 | Red Deer, AB – The fourth day of Central Alberta’s largest summer celebration had an excellent turn out, with over 24,132 guests in attendance for the second last day of Westerner Days Fair & Exposition. Thanks to warmer temperatures and no trace of rain, visitors flocked to Westerner Park by the thousands to enjoy their Saturday at the Fair. Gates opened an hour early at 11 AM to give everyone a chance to experience what time is left of the event.
Westerner Days staff headed out onto the Midway bright and early to reward Fair goers dressed in their finest western wear with Grub Hub cash, and remind them that there was only two days left to participate in Westerner Days’ contests! Keeping with the theme of experience-based rewards, the Photo Moment Contest and Bucket List Challenge gives guests a chance to win a $2,500 travel voucher courtesy of Red Deer Airport and a $1,000 gift basket, plus a $500 travel voucher from Edmonton International Airport, respectively.
Midway entertainers were eager to get back to doing what they do best with the day’s optimal weather conditions. Crowds grew quickly as Global FMX brought their gravity-defying motocross acts to Midway Boulevard, while Bandaloni and Doo Doo the Clown teamed up for a few epic outdoor performances under sunny skies. Winners of the Dinosaur Photo Contest were treated to a VIP Dinosaur Experience, complete with park admission, Dinosaurs Unearthed passes, Westerner Days swag, VIP badges and a personal tour through the park from Westerner Days staff.
On the racetrack the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon and Chariot Races both ran without a hitch. In the first run of Westerner Days this year Martina Hubl with the Westerner Park Past Presidents Tarp finished first with a time of 79.93. In second place, Morning of Faith (Red Deer Ministerial Association) driven by Alan Bengtson finished with a time of 81.06. In third Y Express Ltd. driven by Louis Johner finished with a time of 81.10 and Buksa Order Buying/Cattle Merchant driven by Amanda Thomson finished fourth with a time of 81.64.
The Pony Chuckwagons saw ABC Country Restaurant driven by Neil Salmond capture first place on Saturday night with a time of 79.64 holding first pace spot in the aggregate with a time of 242.23. Go RV Red Deer driven by John Scott finished second with a time of 79.88,
Scott holds on to third in the aggregate with a time of 243.42. In third place Reed Rosencrans driving The Pipe Yard finished with a time of 80.30, holding onto second in the aggregate with a time of 242.98. And Chance Thomson with B Bar C Simmentals saw himself capture fourth place with a time of 80.42, holding onto fourth place in the aggregate with 244.87.
The evening kicked off at the Bud Barn & Beer Gardens outdoor stage with performances from the Dean Ray Band. Over 1653 people headed to the Centrium to catch Madeline Merlo and Nice Horse shake up the TD Main Stage for the last free concert of Westerner Days. Afterwards, guests headed back out to the Midway to watch in awe as the signature Firework Spectacular show capped off the night.
Today is Servus Credit Union Family Day! The last day of Westerner Days Fair & Exposition will start off at 10 AM with Morning of Faith. The annual non-denominational service is held in the Centrium, allowing attendees to provide a donation to the Red Deer Food Bank in lieu of paying gate admission. Hours of operation have been extended for the last day of Westerner Days; gates will open to the public at 11 AM, one hour before the regularly scheduled opening time, with the Park closing an hour later at 11 PM.
Kids 12 and under will be able to enjoy unlimited Midway rides all day for just $15. After 5 PM, guests 13 years and over can ride all day too for just $20, plus gate admission and parking for a carload of up to six people will be $20 after that time.
For more information on Westerner Days Fair & Exposition, visit westernerdays.ca