The 2015 edition of Lloydminster’s Colonial Days Fair brought in a greater number of visitors than last year.
According to Lloydminster Exhibition Association general manager Mike Sidoyk, the fair saw a rise in gate admission of over four per cent, or over 1,000 guests, from last year’s total of 41,600 ticket scans.
“We’re very excited about how the attendance has definitely increased. Especially with the excessive heat and ... trying economic times we’re very happy that Colonial Days has seen an increase,” Sidoryk said. “I was a little nervous with the economy being a little tighter for everyone but to me it was still a very strong, well-attended event.”
Sidoryk says that Colonial Days drew visitors from across the region and from both provinces, from North Battleford in the east to beyond Mannville in the west and anywhere within that radius.
Sidoryk says what makes Colonial Days a success is “the whole package.” Between the concerts, agriculture shows, crafts, food and rides he says there was something to cater to everybody. The Grandstand offered a diverse selection of entertainment, from the grace and discipline of the RCMP Musical Ride to the chaos and wreckage of the demolition derby.
“People I talked to were very happy,” Sidoryk said. “All-in-all it’s just a well-rounded event that appeals to the broader spectrum of our community.”
On the midway, Sidoryk said heat was a bit of a concern, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds. The indoor activities offered a cool respite from the hot sun.
Sidoryk says that overall the fair met his expectations.
“I try to get out and visually see how things are working in all areas and I’m very pleased everything went very well,” Sidoryk said. “All the events (were) orchestrated on time and as planned, so we’re very excited with the total outcome of Lloydminster Colonial Days.”
While Sidoryk and the exhibition team are satisfied with how the festival unfolded this year, he says they always want to find ways to improve Colonial Days and keep it interesting and entertaining. Soon they will start planning for next year’s festival.
“We’ll sit down here shortly and assess and talk about the areas and discuss ways to make some changes,” he said. “Looking for some new entertainment acts, switching things up. We’ve got to keep refreshing areas.”