Westerner Days is going back to its roots for 2017.
“We’ve increased our focus on Ag programming,” Westerner Park CEO and General Manager Ben Antifaiff said at a preview event on Thursday. “Agriculture has been a strong part of the heritage of Westerner Park. It’s brought us 125 years of celebration. So we’re trying to reintroduce a bit more Ag programming and preserve that heritage.”
Joining the much beloved Little Red Barn in the agriculture events lineup is a wide range of farm and ranch-oriented demonstrations and competitions, including everything from dairy, goat and donkey shows to equine mounted games and pony steeple chase.
At the same time, Antifaiff says Westerner Days is keeping with its recent tradition bringing in a top-notch list of entertainment acts for fair goers to enjoy nightly at the Enmax Centrium. The all-Canadian list of concerts includes up and comers like Jocelyn Alice and Coleman Hell, as well as classic headliners Kenny Shields and Streetheart, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, and Chilliwack.
“We’ve really worked hard to come up with strong Canadian talent, really excited about the breadth of talent this year. That should certainly entertain central Alberta,” Antifaiff said.
There’s a new ticket buying system in place for this year’s fair, with Westerner Park signing on with Tickets Alberta.
“[It] will allow fair goers to buy their tickets online in advance of Westerner Days and allow them a lot more opportunities,” said Antifaiff. “We also strongly believe that will increase the speed at the gate, because all those who have their tickets will be able to scan in and pass right through the gates.”
The always popular RAD and MEGA passes, presented by BIG 105 and 106.7 The Drive, are available for online purchase starting Friday (May 5) at ticketsalberta.com and starting on June 16, RAD and MEGA passes will be available at Central Alberta Co-op locations.
While much was revealed on Thursday, Antifaiff says they still have more announcements on the way.
“We’re going to introduce a couple more interesting entertainment choices that we didn’t announce today, just to surprise central Alberta a little bit.”
This year’s fair kicks off with the annual Westerner Days Parade starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19. The fair runs through Sunday, July 23.
Full details are available at westernerdays.ca.
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